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Research demonstrates that many factors are associated with contraband tobacco use, including: easy access, misconceptions about “legal” purchase of cigarettes from First Nations’ Reserves, insufficient enforcement and penalties, and organized criminal activity. It is frequently claimed that tobacco taxes cause smuggling. This report disputes the link between tobacco taxation and contraband using evidence from the literature, Ontario trend data on tobacco taxes, consumption, prevalence and contraband, and tax and price data in Canada, and critically reviews an earlier Fraser Institute Report.
Read the report: What Effect Does Tobacco Taxation Have on Contraband? Debunking the Taxation – Contraband Tobacco Myth
Press Release: U of T researchers demonstrate that raising tobacco taxes will not spark contraband market
The Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth report explores the current state of knowledge about effective and promising interventions and practices in addressing smoking cessation among youth. The authors review the academic and grey literature to identify effective and promising interventions aimed at helping youth quit smoking, as well as key factors to determine the success of such interventions.
Read the report: Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth
These are some of the findings highlighted in this year’s Strategy Monitoring Report. This report presents evaluative information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and describes Strategy infrastructure and interventions, analyzes population-level changes, and explores the contributions of interventions.
Listen again to our recent webinar about the 2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Tobacco Control in Ontario: How Well Are We Doing and Where Can We Improve? Original presentation date: January 27, 2015. Webinar Video Recording (59.4Mb) | Presentation Deck (1.69Mb)
This first OTRU RECIG newsletter provides updates on three ongoing RECIG study components: an ongoing knowledge synthesis; a report of findings from the most recent Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey; and an upcoming social media analysis. This newsletter also highlights opportunities for stakeholders to ask further questions of the research team through the Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs) process.
Read the newsletter: Introduction to RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes
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.
Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.
Click here to view a larger version and the references. You can also download the poster information in PowerPoint format (each item on one slide).
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
Mead EL, Cohen JE, Kennedy CE, Gallo J, Latkin CA. The role of theory-driven graphic warning labels in motivation to quit: A qualitative study on perceptions from low-income, urban smokers. BMC Public Health 2015 Dec;15:1438. Free
Meng G, Brown KS, Thompson ME. Spatial and temporal patterns of smoking prevalence in Ontario. BMC Public Health 2015 Dec;15:1526. Free
Yang J, Modi BV, Tamplin SA, Aghi MB, Dave PV, Cohen JE. Air nicotine levels in public places in Ahmedabad, India: before and after implementation of the smoking ban. Indian Journal of Community Medicine 2015 Jan-Mar;40(1):27-32.
Zhang B, Cohen JE, Bondy SJ, Selby P. Duration of nicotine replacement therapy use and smoking cessation: A population-based longitudinal study. American Journal of Epidemiology 2015 Mar 3 [Epub ahead of print]. Free