Course Outline

Hello Nurses!

Welcome to A Course For Nurses on Smoking Prevention and CessationThis is an asynchronous online accredited course provided by the Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre.

This event is approved for a maximum of 3.5 hours of accredited continuing nursing education by the Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Office, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.  

Course Team:

Program Director:

Dr. Michael Pollak, MD, FRCPC, FRSC 

Course Administrator:

Rhoda Lim, BSc 

Course Coordinator:

Victor Villareal-Corpuz, RN, BNI

All questions or concerns should be emailed to the Course Coordinator. Please allow for a 24-hour response time between Monday to Friday.


About the course:

This 14-module course was made specifically for nurses who want to learn how to actively participate in smoking cessation and prevention.

 Learning Objectives
1. The history of tobacco use
  • Distinguishing natural tobacco from commercial tobacco
  • Reviewing the medical history of commercial tobacco
  • Understanding the current state of tobacco use
2. The dangers of smoking
  • Reviewing the risks of tobacco for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
3. Why people start to smoke
  • Listing the many risk factors for the onset of smoking
  • Exploring these risk factors
  • Uncovering the tobacco industry’s marketing strategies
4. Why smokers find it difficult to quit 
  • Understanding the physical factors, the social factors, and the emotional factors that make it difficult to quit smoking
5. The benefits of quitting smoking
  • Listing the many medical and physical benefits of quitting
  • Exploring the social and emotional benefits of quitting
  • Going over the financial benefits of quitting
  • Becoming better able to provide reasons to motivate quitting
6. Special groups to consider
  • Understanding the difficulty of pregnancy and smoking
  • Reviewing the risks to those exposed to second-hand smoke
7. Vaping
  • Understanding vaping and the composition of e-cigarettes
  • Recognizing that vaping is a gateway to smoking
  • Evaluating whether vaping can be used for smoking cessation
8. The role of nurses in smoking prevention and cessation 
  • Discussing how nurses can contribute to smoking cessation
  • Exploring additional roles related to this field
  • Learning about teachable moments
9. Teach your patients prevention 
  • Reviewing the ways that nurses can teach their patients smoking prevention with regard to their home, car, and interpersonal relationships
10. How to recommend nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) 
  • Understanding the role of NRTs in smoking cessation
  • Learning our proposed method for recommending NRTs
  • Understanding the selected specifics of each NRT
11. Overview of smoking cessation management
  • Understand the three types of smoking cessation methods that nurses can deliver
12. Minimal smoking cessation method
  • Understanding the 3-points approach by watching the minimal method in action through different scenarios
13. Brief smoking cessation method
  • Understanding the 5-points approach by watching the brief method in action through different scenarios
14. Smoking cessation services and resources
  • Exploring different ways that smoking cessation services are offered
  • Providing examples of smoking cessation resources

How to receive your certificate

To receive the 3.5 accredited continuing nursing education hours, you must:

  1. Complete each module
  2. Complete each end-of-module quiz
  3. Pass the mandatory exam 
  4. Complete the mandatory course evaluation survey

Please kindly note that passing the mandatory exam and completing the mandatory survey are both required to obtain your certificate for this course.

Within two month's time* after passing the mandatory exam and completing the mandatory survey, you will receive an email containing your certificate of 3.5 continuing nursing education hours, issued by the Ingram School of Nursing’s CNE Office.

* For course orders placed between October 2023 and December 2023:
Rest assured that the timing of when you receive your certificate will not be a concern when you submit your continuing nursing education hours to the OIIQ by December 31, 2023. Let us review the differences between two relevant deadlines. December 31, 2023 is the deadline to enter all your continuing nursing education hours in your OIIQ profile registry. Note that the OIIQ profile registry does not request a copy of your certificate at this time. March 2024 is the deadline to renew your license, which includes declaring your continuing nursing education hours. Note that the OIIQ profile registry does not request a copy of your certificate at this time. However, now it is important to have your certificate in your records as proof that you completed our course, in the event of an OIIQ inquiry. This means that if you place an order for our course between October 2023 and December 2023, you will receive your certificate well before or latest in February 2024.


There are 14 end-of-module quizzes. You will have unlimited attempts to complete each end-of-module quiz.

There is a mandatory exam. To pass this mandatory exam, you must answer all of the questions correctly. If you get incorrect answers, we give you the opportunity to retake the exam with unlimited attempts.

Don’t forget to view your results after completing this exam to see if you answered all of the questions correctly!

Mandatory Course Evaluation Survey

The mandatory course evaluation survey will be available at the end of the course. The survey can be completed in under 5 minutes. The feedback you give will help us improve this course.

Conflict of Interest

We have no conflict of interest to declare; we have no affiliation, honoraria or monetary support from an industry source.

Intellectual Property

This course is the intellectual property of the Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre. It may not be distributed, published, or broadcast, in whole or in part, without the express permission of the Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre. Students are also forbidden to use their means of recording any elements of the course without the express permission of the Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre. Any unauthorized sharing of course content may constitute copyright infringement.

Technical aspects

For technical questions or concerns, please email the Course Coordinator at


Please note that you will have access to the course that you purchased for 1 year from the date of your purchase. Please complete the course to obtain your certificate before the end of your one-year period.