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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

Evaluation Newsletter: Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 3)

This newsletter is the third of a series of four from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team for 2014-2015. It outlines OTRU’s knowledge and evaluation support services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter also highlights current projects and provides more details about some of the reports OTRU has recently completed through the project such as the evaluation of the Essex Region Conservation Area smoke-free policy, and work related to smoke-free multi-unit dwellings.

Read the newsletter: Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 3)

Real World Effectiveness of Varenicline and Other Smoking Cessation Medications

There is strong evidence from randomized control trials that cessation medication can help people quit smoking; however, real world studies of smoking cessation aid effectiveness have shown mixed results. Using data from the Ontario Tobacco Survey, this update examines the real world effectiveness of varenicline in preventing relapse compared to the nicotine patch, gum, and bupropion among smokers in Ontario.

Read the update: Real World Effectiveness of Varenicline and Other Smoking Cessation Medications

OTRU Update: OTRU Research on the Use and Impact of Electronic Cigarettes

Public debate abounds about e-cigarettes, their promotion, sale and use; concerns over youth uptake; the potential for renormalization of smoking; their effectiveness as a cessation aid; and their health impacts. OTRU, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), will conduct research on e-cigarettes to investigate these issues through a grant awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Read the update: OTRU Research on the Use and Impact of Electronic Cigarettes

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.


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.