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Background of the Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation (SCPPP)

Smoking is harmful to health. Many smokers wish to quit but find it difficult due to intense craving and lack of support to stay away from tobacco. Smoking cessation has always been an integral part of the Government’s tobacco control policy. The Department of Health plans to launch the SCPPP to complement existing smoking cessation services. In this pilot programme, smokers under the care of private primary care doctors enrolled in the programme are invited to join the programme to receive FREE smoking cessation services which include assessment and identification of barriers to quit smoking, counselling with pharmacotherapy if indicated. It is hoped that through the programme, hard-to-reach smokers could gain access to smoking cessation services and benefit from smoke-free living.

Who may enrol?

To join the SCPPP, you should:

  • be a Hong Kong resident who is 18 years old or above; and
  • hold a valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption; and
  • have already registered in the Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS); and
  • be determined and ready to quit smoking
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You may click here to search and see if your family doctor has enrolled in the SCPPP. If you have not found a family doctor yet, you can also access the Primary Care Directory to find a family doctor that suits your need. Doctors who have enrolled into the SCPPP will be indicated by the SCPPP logo in their profile.

In order to enable logging of consultation information relating to smoking cessation services given under the programme, releasing of such information to the Government for monitoring, payment, administrative and evaluation purposes, prospective service providers and service recipients should complete eHRSS enrolment procedures well ahead of enrolment into the SCPPP. Please visit www.ehealth.gov.hk for details on eHRSS registration.

Government subsidy

Please note that the following service items are fully subsidised by the Government and hence no co-payment fees should be chargeable for:

  • Processing your enrolment into the SCPPP
  • Consultations on smoking cessation (a maximum of 5 consultations will be subsidised within 26 weeks and at 26 weeks after the Quit day)
  • Prescription of pharmacotherapy which is specified by the Government if considered appropriate.

Key steps of the SCPPP

The following diagram illustrates the key steps of the SCPPP:

Enrolment in the SCPPP and first consultation
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Follow-up consultation(s) within 26 weeks after the Quit Day
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Follow-up consultation at 26 weeks after the Quit Day
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Follow-up consultation at 52 weeks after the Quit Day

Enrolment into the SCPPP

  1. You should present a valid HKID Card and insert it into the card reader at the clinic of the Enrolled Doctor such that your profile could be retrieved from the eHRSS. Alternatively, if you are issued with a Certificate of Exemption, you should present the original copy to the Enrolled Doctor to enrol into the SCPPP.
  2. You will be asked to complete and sign a Participant Consent Form. You should read carefully the sections on “Undertaking and Declarations” of the form before signing. Upon your consent, your clinical information will be made viewable to the doctor enrolled in the programme.
  3. You will also be asked by the Enrolled Doctor to indicate whether you are willing to be approached for taking part in SCPPP-related research. Participation is on a voluntary basis, but helps the Department of Health to evaluate this pilot programme’s effectiveness.

Notes on joining the SCPPP

  • The processes, transactions and consultation records are captured and tracked by a dedicated Information Technology System which rides on the eHRSS. Hence, enrolment into the eHRSS is a prerequisite for taking part in the SCPPP.
  • Smoking cessation service will be provided by the Enrolled Doctor in the SCPPP, who is your family doctor and shall be professionally accountable for all actions related to clinical care and management.
  • The Enrolled doctor has the responsibility to discuss with you your smoking cessation plan and arrange follow-up consultations to follow your progress.
  • If you withdraw from the eHRSS, the Enrolled Doctor will no longer be able to access your clinical data and receive the subsidy from the Government and you may be required to make a payment for the smoking cessation services received.
  • Any information, including the personal and clinical data as well as contact details provided under the SCPPP will be used by the Government for one or more of the following purposes:
    • Processing your enrolment into the SCPPP but not limited to verification procedure with the data kept by the Immigration Department;
    • Administration, monitoring, auditing and evaluation of the SCPPP including but not limited to processing subsidy payment, providing necessary health care service and continuity of care to you and investigation of incidents and complaints;
    • Statistical, programme monitoring, evaluation and research purposes;
    • Any other legitimate purposes as may be required, authorised or permitted by law.
  • You may be contacted by staff of the Department of Health and may be asked of issues relating to delivery of smoking cessation services by your doctor. You are therefore advised to keep your contact information (e.g. mobile phone number) registered in the eHRSS up-to-date.
  • If you agree to be approached for research related to the SCPPP, please sign the consent form to authorize the Government for transfer and release of your name, contact telephone number and address to the institutions as authorised by the Government for contacting you on SCPPP-related research.

Other smoking cessation services available in the community:

You may also make use of other smoking cessation services operated by the Department of Health, Hospital Authority and non-governmental organisations available in the community. Please visit the following links for details:

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