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Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation

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To complement existing smoking cessation services, the Department of Health (DH) launched the two-year Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation (SCPPP) in December 2017 to test a new model of free and opportunistic smoking cessation services provided by private primary care doctors. The pilot programme aims to improve access to smoking cessation service for smokers who may be hard to reach by other means.

Scope of services

Enrolled doctors provide opportunistic assessment of the smoking status of their patients, identify motivational factors and barriers to quit smoking, offer smoking cessation counselling and pharmacotherapy (if indicated) for eligible smokers.

A maximum of five consultations and 12-week course of pharmacotherapy are subsidised under the SCPPP (including the first to the fourth consultations within 26 weeks and the fifth consultation at 26 weeks after the Quit Day Note 1 to assess the quit rate).

Note 1: “Quit Day” refers to the target day for the SCPPP participant to totally abstain from smoking, which is discussed and agreed between the enrolled doctor and the participant. It is subject to adjustment during the second consultation (for once only) if the actual quit day is different from the original quit day set in the first consultation.

The consultations are recorded in the SCPPP IT System which rides on the
Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS).

Please refer to Doctor’s Manual for details.

Enrolment of doctors

Doctors can enrol in the SCPPP if he /she fulfills the following eligibility criteria:

  • is a registered medical practitioner within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Medical Registration Ordinance (Cap. 161) (“Ordinance”);
  • holds a valid practising certificate issued under the Ordinance;
  • works in the private sector (including universities and non-governmental organisations);
  • has registered in the eHRSS;
  • has enrolled in the Primary Care Directory; and
  • has attended and passed the online refresher course on smoking cessation -
    Connecting with Patients for Tobacco Free Living” provided by the Mayo Clinic of the United States.

Please read the following documents for details:

Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation logo

Enrolment in SCPPP
⇒ login eHRSS account
⇒ select “SCPPP Programme – Doctor Enrolment”
⇒ submit the Application Form, the Authorisation Form for Payment of Subsidy to a Specified Bank Account and other required documents


Registration in eHRSS ⇒ click here

Primary Care Directory

Enrolment in Primary Care Directory ⇒ click here

Press Release

DH to launch Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation

Connecting with Patients for Tobacco Free Living

  • This is an online refresher course on smoking cessation provided by Mayo Clinic of the United States and coordinated by the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office (TACO) of the DH.
  • It can normally be completed in 3.5 hours and covers various aspects of smoking cessation including:
    1. Introduction to treatment of nicotine dependence;
    2. Information of medications for smoking cessation including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and non-NRT;
    3. Pharmacology, dosage, treatment regime, side effects and contraindications of NRT and non-NRT;
    4. Case scenarios demonstrating development of medication plan;
    5. Practical counselling skills including motivational interview skills;
    6. Case scenarios demonstrating counselling techniques in various circumstances; and
    7. Strategies for relapse prevention.
  • CME points will be accredited to doctors who are participating in the Medical Council of Hong Kong "CME Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME Programme for Specialists" or to specialists under some Colleges.
  • An e-certificate will be awarded for those who pass the online assessment at the end of the course.
  • For more information about smoking cessation, please visit the website of TACO at .

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