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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.
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)
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.
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
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
Chaiton, M and Schwartz R Reducing the burden of tobacco: what’s the endgame?Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014, 3:36. Free