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In collaboration with Toronto Public Health, OTRU conducted an evaluation of Toronto’s amended outdoor smoke-free bylaws. Findings suggest that the amended bylaws had a limited impact on smoking behaviour and exposure to secondhand smoke one year after implementation. Key successes and challenges to implementing the amended bylaws are also outlined in the report, Evaluation of the Amended Toronto Smoke-Free Bylaws.
Is outdoor smoking done? Is flavour gone? Is menthol going? With the introduction of the Making Healthy Choices Act and updates to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Ontario is making impressive strides in tobacco control. What are the implementation successes and challenges for public health? What are the effects on tobacco use and exposure? For more information and to register, visit our Events page.
The Canadian government may be preparing regulations for plain and standardized packaging of cigarette products. This OTRU update examines the level of public support for plain packaging in Ontario, which is among the highest in the world. This high level of support suggests that there is unlikely to be a substantial backlash from the general public against the implementation of plain and standardized packaging regulations.
With limited population-level research, myths about smoking cessation persist. Research from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS) has improved our understanding of smoking cessation in the general population. Key facts and findings are summarized in this report, including the frequency and number of quit attempts, the duration and effectiveness of cessation medications, trajectories of smoking, and the effectiveness of population-level initiatives on cessation behaviours.
In collaboration with public health units, OTRU conducted an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act outdoor smoking regulations that banned smoking on restaurant/bar patios, playgrounds and sports fields effective January 1, 2015. Findings suggest that smoking behaviour and exposure to secondhand smoke decreased within the first year of implementation at all affected venues. Compliance was perceived to be moderate to high with variations observed by type of outdoor venue.
This infographic is based on the findings of a study by OTRU researchers that assessed air quality using multiple ambient air measures and a biomarker for exposure in both indoor and outdoor waterpipe cafes in Toronto, Canada.
Zhang B, Chaiton MO, Diemert LM, Bondy SJ, Brown KS, Ferrence R. Health professional advice, use of medications and smoking cessation: A population-based prospective cohort study. Preventive Medicine 2016 Aug 2;91:117–22.
Kushnir V, Sproule BA, Zawertailo L, Selby P, Tyndale RF, Leatherdale ST, et al. Impact of self-reported lifetime depression or anxiety on effectiveness of mass distribution of nicotine patches. Tobacco Control 2016 Aug 19 [Epub ahead of print].