Smoking Cessation Program – Information for Pharmacists

The B.C. government’s Smoking Cessation Program helps eligible B.C residents of any age stop smoking or using other tobacco products by:

  • covering 100% of the cost of specific non-prescription nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products; or
  • contributing to the cost of specific prescription smoking cessation drugs.

Program policy and claims procedures

Clinical Information

For Your Patients

Patients with Federal Coverage

PharmaCare covers NRTs for all residents of British Columbia, of any age, who have active MSP coverage, use tobacco, and have not already exhausted their yearly limit on NRTs covered by PharmaCare.

This includes individuals who do not have PharmaCare plan coverage and those with active MSP and federal coverage under, for instance:

  • Interim Federal Health Program (delivered through Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Forces
  • Non-Insured Health Benefits Program
  • RCMP members (retired)

Residents covered by federal drug plans may choose whether to use PharmaCare coverage or their federal coverage.

Please note: The prescription smoking cessation drugs bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline (generics)* are covered only for individuals with Fair PharmaCare coverage or coverage under PharmaCare Plans B (Residential Care), C (Income Assistance), G (Psychiatric Medications), or W (First Nations Health Benefits).

*Champix® (varenicline brand name) is a partial benefit.