All nurses are encouraged to undertake ABC smoking cessation training.  Once completed this means that nurses can become Quit Card providers.  These cards can be given to patients/clients who can redeem them at their local pharmacy for free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).


In June 2014 the revised New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People Stop Smoking were released. As with the previous Guidelines they are structured around a memory aid - ABC.

ABC is a simple and easy tool that all nurses can use to guide their action. The revised ABC pathway for helping people to stop smoking.

Ask about and document every person’s smoking status.
Give Brief advice to stop to every person who smokes.
Strongly encourage every person who smokes to use Cessation support (a combination of behavioural support and stop-smoking medicine works best) and offer to help them them access it. Refer to, or provide, cessation support to everyone who accepts your offer.


Training in ABC is available on a face-to-face basis from the Heart Foundation or by accessing the new helping to stop smoking e-learning training at the revised training is aligned to the revised guidelines


Hone your conversation openers by referring to the materials here from Hayden McRobbie and Jennifer Percival.


Completion of your ABC training means that you can become a Quit Card provider.  This enables a recipient – who may be your patient/client, their whanau or caregiver - to go to their pharmacist and receive up to 12 weeks supply of subsidised NRT for $5/item.  Further information on Quit Cards and their use can be found here. 


For additional supplies of Quit Cards apply here.

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