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Special Report: What Effect Does Tobacco Taxation Have on Contraband? Debunking the Taxation – Contraband Tobacco Myth

Research demonstrates that many factors are associated with contraband tobacco use, including: easy access, misconceptions about “legal” purchase of cigarettes from First Nations’ Reserves, insufficient enforcement and penalties, and organized criminal activity. It is frequently claimed that tobacco taxes cause smuggling. This report disputes the link between tobacco taxation and contraband using evidence from the literature, Ontario trend data on tobacco taxes, consumption, prevalence and contraband, and tax and price data in Canada, and critically reviews an earlier Fraser Institute Report.

Read the report: What Effect Does Tobacco Taxation Have on Contraband? Debunking the Taxation – Contraband Tobacco Myth
Press Release: U of T researchers demonstrate that raising tobacco taxes will not spark contraband market

Special Report: Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth

The Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth report explores the current state of knowledge about effective and promising interventions and practices in addressing smoking cessation among youth. The authors review the academic and grey literature to identify effective and promising interventions aimed at helping youth quit smoking, as well as key factors to determine the success of such interventions.

Read the report: Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth

2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report

The Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report finds tobacco use among grade 12 youth remains steady at 6%, but smoking use among young adults remains high.

These are some of the findings highlighted in this year’s Strategy Monitoring Report. This report presents evaluative information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and describes Strategy infrastructure and interventions, analyzes population-level changes, and explores the contributions of interventions.

Full Report | Executive Summary

Listen again to our recent webinar about the 2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Tobacco Control in Ontario: How Well Are We Doing and Where Can We Improve? Original presentation date: January 27, 2015. Webinar Video Recording (59.4Mb) | Presentation Deck (1.69Mb)

Project Newsletter: Introduction to RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes

This first OTRU RECIG newsletter provides updates on three ongoing RECIG study components: an ongoing knowledge synthesis; a report of findings from the most recent Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey; and an upcoming social media analysis. This newsletter also highlights opportunities for stakeholders to ask further questions of the research team through the Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs) process.

Read the newsletter: Introduction to RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes

OTRU Update: Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Use Reduction in Aboriginal Communities

OTRU, together with the Well Living House at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), is studying how non-traditional tobacco use in Ontario’s Aboriginal communities can best be addressed through interventions. This update describes study methods including: a knowledge synthesis, an analysis of the synthesis, and primary research. The project also provides the opportunity to address questions from health system policy makers or providers through an Applied Health Research Question process.

Read the update: Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Use Reduction in Aboriginal Communities

OTRU Infographic: Quitting Smoking in Ontario

Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.

Click here to view a larger version and the references. You can also download the poster information in PowerPoint format (each item on one slide).


Smokers’ Panel Recruitment

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, in collaboration with the Ontario Lung Association and several partner service agencies, launched a confidential Smokers’ Panel to gather information from current and former smokers that will help to develop future tobacco programs and services. Read the Press Release | Go to the Smokers’ Panel website

Core Activities

Our research activities produce evidence-based knowledge that contributes to the development of effective and efficient program and policy initiatives for tobacco control in Ontario and elsewhere.
Knowledge Exchange
Our integrated program of knowledge translation and exchange includes ongoing communications with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other tobacco control stakeholders, and development and dissemination of a variety of knowledge translation and exchange resources.

Evaluation and Monitoring
Our work in evaluation examines the progress of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and assesses the contributions of individual interventions to overall tobacco strategy goals.
Capacity Building
We provide a variety of training opportunities because we recognize that involving students and graduates early in their careers is an essential strategy in developing the next generation of researchers and practitioners in tobacco control.