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Recent Publications

Health Insurance Coverage and Smoking Cessation

This brief Project News update on health insurance coverage and smoking cessation treatments presents the effectiveness of insurance coverage, factors affecting the adoption of insurance coverage by employers, and insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatments in Ontario. Read more….

OTRU Knowledge and Evaluation Support Newsletter

This Knowledge and Evaluation Support newsletter highlights two projects – the Niagara Pharmacy Quit Smoking Pilot Program and the Youth Tobacco Prevention with Dental Professionals. The findings from these two studies are expected to be used to inform future regional cessation and youth tobacco prevention programming. Read more….

Menthol and Flavour Ban Evaluation Results

Webinar – Watch and Listen Again

In the past two years, Ontario, along with other provinces, has been implementing world-leading regulations on restricting flavours in tobacco products including menthol, but how well have these policies been working and have there been any unintended consequences? This webinar presented the results of evaluations of these regulations using wholesale sales data reported to Health Canada, a cohort of menthol smokers assessed before and after the ban, and a menthol pack purchase study. Read more….

New Special Reports

In 2016/2017, OTRU, in collaboration with key stakeholders, assessed the implementation and impact of new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. These reports provide an overview of key findings, focusing on implementation of the e-cigarette minimum age of sale and supply stipulation and the flavoured tobacco ban that came into effect on January 1, 2016.

Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

Special Report

Since 2015, OTRU has been conducting an ongoing formative evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the outdoor Smoke-Free Ontario Act smoking regulations. This report presents findings from data collected in 2016-2017 and includes a summary of public education efforts, compliance, self-reported smoking behaviour and secondhand smoke exposure in public venues affected by the regulations, successes, challenges, unintended consequences and enforcement staff suggestions for improvement. Read more….
 

E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not To Vape?

Should non-smokers vape? Is vaping less harmful than smoking? Can smokers quit by using e-cigarettes?

More information about OTRU’s research on e-cigarettes can be found on our e-cigarette research page. You many also be interested in our review in N&TR. Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936.

Animation thanks to Dan DePeuter, Thunder Bay District Health Unit.


Core Activities


Research
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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