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This Reading List is a selection of journal articles, online reports and other web-based material on the topic of Youth and Tobacco Use. Its purpose is to provide readers with an introduction and overview of available literature on the topic. Major Subject Headings include: Initiation of Smoking, Influences, Prevalence, Specific Population Groups, Use of Other Products, Prevention, Media Campaigns, Youth Access, and Cessation.
This update provides a brief overview of smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke in Ontario based on the findings of the recently released 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey. The last significant change in smoking prevalence was between 2008 and 2009 for the 12+ age group, and 2010-2011 for the 12-19 year age group. Smoking prevalence did not change from the previous year for either age group. Ontarians continue to have some exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, in vehicles and in homes. Exposure to secondhand smoke did not significantly change from the 2012 estimates.
This newsletter is the first 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.
Read the newsletter: Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 1)
Smoking in movies is a cause for smoking initiation and progression to regular smoking among youth. Higher exposure to onscreen tobacco increases the uptake of smoking among youth and undermines tobacco prevention efforts. This report examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exposure in movies among Ontario youth and estimates the impact of exposure to onscreen tobacco in movies on youth smoking.
Report: Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth, 2004-2013
Movie List (PDF): 1434 Top-grossing Movies Released in the Domestic Market (Canada and US), 2004-2013, in Alphabetic Order by Year
Movie List (Excel): 1434 Top-grossing Movies Released in the Domestic Market (Canada and US), 2004-2013, in Alphabetic Order by Year
Related article: U of T public health researchers says it’s time to butt out smoking in movies
This reading list is a brief selection of journal articles, online reports and other web-based material on the topic of Electronic Cigarettes. Its purpose is to provide readers with an introduction and overview of available literature on the topic. Subject Headings include: General Information, Prevalence and Use, Cessation or Harm Reduction, Health Effects, Toxicology, Marketing, and Regulation.
Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.
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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
Knowledge Exchange is integral to our work. Learn more about OTRU’s knowledge exchange initiatives.
OTRU can help you with your knowledge, research and evaluation needs if you are a Smoke-Free Ontario stakeholder working on tobacco-related projects. To learn more about this service visit our Knowledge & Evaluation Support page.
Ontario Smokers’ Helpline or 1-877-513-5333 – a counselling service to help smokers quit (telephone or online). For additional information about smoking cessation, please talk to your health care professional or contact your local Public Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Quit Smoking – provides information on quitting and links to other resources
Health Canada – Quit Now – a site providing useful information on quitting, including self-help materials and other resources. This site also provides statistics about smoking in Canada, along with information about the health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke
Kirst M, Mercredy G, Borland T, Chaiton M. Predictors of substance use among young adults: Transitioning away from high school: A narrative review. Substance Use and Misuse 2014 Jul 17 [Epub ahead of print].
Mead EL, Rimal RN, Ferrence R, Cohen JE. Understanding the sources of normative influence on behavior: The example of tobacco. Social Science and Medicine 2014 Aug;115:139-143.s
O’Loughlin J, Dugas EN, Brunet J, DiFranza J, Engert JC, Gervais A, Gray-Donald K, Karp I, Low NC, Sabiston C, Sylvestre MP, Tyndale RF, Auger N, Auger N, Mathieu B, Tracie B, Chaiton M, et al. Cohort profile: The Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) Study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2014 Jul 13 [Epub ahead of print].