Minimal Contact Intervention


Offering support to help quit smoking is a fundamental responsibility of all health professionals. Even a 1-3 minute conversation can lead to quitting, and can be as simple as asking about tobacco use, recommending quitting and referring to community resources or self-help materials.

Public health units are working to:

  • Build staff capacity to deliver the 5As protocol
  • Develop and evaluate policies and procedures to integrate minimal contact intervention into the work of community partners
  • Coordinate referral mechanisms so clients/patients receive more intensive support, as appropriate

Key resources:

Recent research:
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