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A Tobacco Endgame for Canada Summit

Summary Report

Canada’s Tobacco Endgame Initiative was launched with The Tobacco Endgame for Canada Summit that took place at Queen’s University from September 30 to October 1, 2016. Leading health and policy experts gathered to discuss novel ideas and examine recommendations aimed at reducing commercial tobacco use in Canada. The summit concluded with a call for the creation of a Tobacco Endgame strategy that would achieve a rate of commercial tobacco use of less than five per cent by 2035. A Tobacco Endgame Cabinet has now been launched and activities to promote the adoption and implementation of Endgame goals and interventions is underway. The Summit Summary Report, presentations and meeting materials are now available: Summary Report | Meeting Presentations and Materials

Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products: Claims and Science

OTRU Update

Philip Morris International says that it will be marketing a new product called iQOS in Ontario. iQOS uses a special device to heat the tobacco to release an aerosol vapour that is inhaled by the smoker. The industry has argued that this type of device reduces the delivery of many chemicals in tobacco smoke but previous versions of this class of products have not been found to be acceptable. This OTRU Update explores the claims and science behind heat-not-burn tobacco products.

Addressing Commercial Tobacco Impact in Aboriginal Communities

A team led by OTRU’s Robert Schwartz and Michael Chaiton and in collaboration with the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Aboriginal Health has received a $1.76 million grant from from CIHR, as part of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, to reduce commercial tobacco use and prevent chronic lung disease in Canadian Indigenous communities. The study, called Research on Commercial Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC2), builds on previous research which examined tobacco use in seven Indigenous communities and developed tailored tobacco reduction strategies. The new study continues that work, along with targeting six new communities in Ontario. The research team hopes to develop a model for commercial tobacco reduction that can be sustained in Indigenous communities in Ontario and beyond. CAMH recently profiled RETRAC2. Read more in their article Keeping it sacred: research tackles commercial tobacco impact in Aboriginal communities.

Listen Again: Less than 5 by 35: Canada’s Tobacco Endgame Initiative – Why, What, How

Webinar originally presented November 28, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Dr. Robert Schwartz and Dr. Andrew Pipe presented on the development and future directions of Canada’s Tobacco Endgame Initiative. Participants learned what is meant by Endgame and what interventions are being considered in Canada and abroad for decreasing the prevalence of tobacco use to less than five percent. Discussion highlighted the potential role of public health in progressing the Endgame. Visit our Webinar Archives page for links to the audio and video recordings and presentation deck.

Monitoring and Evaluating Ontario’s New Tobacco and E-Cigarette Policy Measures

OTRU has begun a new project to assess the implementation and impact of the new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. This newsletter provides an overview of the new measures and outlines evaluation activities happening in the 2016/2017 year. It also highlights findings from the evaluation of the 2015 SFOA outdoor smoking regulations.

Knowledge and Evaluation Support Update (September 2016)

This update provides an overview of OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support initiative for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We highlight two projects supported by this initiative: Evaluation of the Amended Toronto Smoke-free Bylaws, and the Love My Life Campaign, a youth engagement program to support tobacco control initiatives, which was developed by the East Tobacco Control Area Network.

Infographic: Hookah in Toronto

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.


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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.