PACT - Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco

What is PACT?

PACT (Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco) was developed by the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan in 2004 with the goal of training Saskatchewan pharmacists to assist their tobacco using patients to quit. Since then, PACT has developed into a comprehensive tobacco cessation strategy that any health care professional can use in virtually any practice site. PACT provides the training and tools to support both brief and intensive tobacco cessation interventions.

Tobacco Cessation Opportunity

Tobacco use remains the single greatest avoidable threat to public health worldwide.1 Saskatchewan is no exception, where tobacco rates in 2008 were 20.4%, one of the highest in Canada.2 Despite the existence of internationally recognized treatment guidelines, a selection of highly effective therapies, the recognition of the need for concerted attempts to assist smokers3, and PACT (Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco) trained pharmacists working alongside other cessation champions in the province, this addiction remains largely untreated.

This speaks to a real opportunity for government, stakeholders, and health care providers to develop and deliver a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. In August of 2007, Health Canada announced a new goal for the renewed Federal Tobacco Control Strategy – to reduce smoking from the current 18% to 12% by 2011, to reduce smoking among 15 to 17 year olds from 15 to 9%, and to increase the number of quitters to 1.5 million reducing exposure to second hand smoke from 28% to 20%.4

 

References

[1] Brock T, Taylor D, Wuliji T; Curbing the Tobacco Pandemic: The Global Role for Pharmacy, The School of Pharmacy; Univerisity of London and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP); September 2007.
[2] Tobacco Use in Canada, Patterns and Trends 2009 Edition
[3] Els C, Tobacco Addiction: What do we know, and where do we go?; 2009
[4] Health Canada Website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/ed-ud/index-eng.php