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Training for Smoking Cessation Counsellors

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Studies have shown that among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco usage, three out of four want to quit smoking. However, similar to people depending on an addictive drug, it is difficult for most tobacco users to quit on their own. These users require help and support to overcome their dependence on tobacco.

We have found that even very brief (1 minute) advice from physicians to stop smoking increases the success of a quit attempt by 2%. Hence, we have developed a smoking cessation training framework that equips aspiring professionals in the field of smoking cessation support, with the relevant knowledge, skills and information on counselling techniques as well as developments in the tobacco control sphere.

By signing up for these programmes, you, too, can help to make a difference in empowering fellow Singaporeans to start on their quit smoking journey!

Note: With effect from 1st Jan 2023, Health Promotion Board (HPB) will discontinue the Certification for Quit Smoking Consultants (CQSC) program. Existing CQSC certificate holders and interested individuals who wish to refresh and/or acquire new smoking cessation counselling skills can register for e-learning program available on HealthHub. The e-learning modules will include the latest substance abuse trends, smoking cessation counselling techniques, quiz etc for self-learning at no charge.

For individuals who are keen to access the e-learning modules, please click HERE to register. 

For individuals or organisations that prefer to procure trainer facilitated workshops (in addition to HPB’s free e-learning modules), you may consider contacting the service providers listed in the table below for more details on their respective programmes and costs.

Organisations Contact Person
National Healthcare Group College Ms Toh Yan Hua

Mr Lim Wei Beng
ECI Consulting Holdings Pte. Ltd. Ms Susan Tan
Inspire Joy Ms Joy Ong

If you require reference articles with tips to help others quit smoking and/or vaping, please refer to our curated list of HealthHub articles below.

Article Theme Name of Article and Link
Assessing for nicotine dependence
  1. Smoking - Casual Habit or Addiction?
Benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle
  1. 5 Benefits of Quitting Smoking
  2. Stop Smoking and Reap the Benefits of a Smoke-Free Life!
  3. Benefits of Quitting
Harms of smoking/vaping
  1. Let’s Get Real About Vaping – 8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start
  2. Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Your Child’s Health
  3. Smoking for Stress Relief? Think Again!
  4. Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  5. Questions on Smoking, Tobacco Use and Health
Ways to overcome withdrawal symptoms
  1. 10 Ways to Stay Smoke-Free After You Have Quit Smoking
  2. Quit Smoking For Your Loved Ones
  3. Three Fuss-Free Ways to Curb Cravings When You Quit Smoking
  4. Quit Smoking and Make New Friends with New Hobbies
  5. How To Control Emotions After You’ve Quit Smoking
  6. 7 Healthy Habits to Stay Smoke-Free
  7. Maintain Your Weight While Staying Smoke-Free
  8. How to Deal with Cravings After You’ve Quit Smoking
  9. The Journey to Smoke-Free
  10. Stay Smoke-Free and Avoid a Smoking Relapse
  11. Weather the Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms
  12. Know Your Enemy: Identify and Avoid Triggers
  13. Say Hello to 4Ds and Bye to Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms.
  14. Weigh to Go! Quit Smoking Without Weight Gain
  15. Slip-Ups: Dos and Dont's
  16. 3 Sweet Ways to Deal with Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms
Steps to quit smoking
  1. Shake up Old Habits to Quit Smoking
  2. Quit Smoking Tips for People with Diabetes
  3. Quit Smoking with This Game Plan
  4. Tips on How to Quit Smoking
  5. What’s Your Reason to Stub Out?
  6. How to Quit Smoking Gradually
  7. How to Quit Smoking by Going Cold Turkey
  8. 7 Tips to Help Your Kaki Quit Smoking
  9. How to Quit
  10. 5 Quit Tips to Quit Smoking for Good
  11. Quit Smoking with Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  12. Quit Smoking: Stubbing Out the Myths
Counselling skills
  1. How to Prevent Teenage Smoking
  2. Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs - Why Teens Get Hooked On This Triple Threat
  3. Help Someone Quit Smoking
  4. Quit Smoking—The Supporter’s Guide
  5. Have a Minute? Talk to Your Kids about Smoking