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OTRU Update: Raising the Minimum Age for Access to Tobacco to 21

The majority of smokers begin smoking in their teens or early twenties. Raising the legal age of access to tobacco to age 21 has the potential to impact positively on future smoking prevalence and health outcomes. This update outlines reasons to consider raising the minimum age, reviews current evidence and public opinion, and provides a snapshot of current Canadian and US legislation in this area.

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Project News: RETRAC: Research Progress and Preliminary Knowledge Synthesis Findings

This newsletter about the Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC) project includes an update on research being conducted with exemplar communities and community-based research with Aboriginal communities in Ontario. Emerging findings from the project’s knowledge synthesis are also presented.

The RETRAC project is a joint initiative of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Well Living House at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health.

Read the Newsletter: RETRAC: Research Progress and Preliminary Knowledge Synthesis Findings

Project News: Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

OTRU, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has undertaken a multi-component research study of e-cigarettes. This project newsletter provides an update on our social media analysis, knowledge synthesis, adult longitudinal study and youth and young adult survey.

Read the Newsletter: Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

Evaluation News: Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects – Construction and Manufacturing Organizations

OTRU has been working with Smoke-Free Ontario partners to evaluate workplace-based smoking cessation demonstration projects in various public health units across Ontario. These newsletters report on evaluation findings relevant to the construction and manufacturing sectors. The workplace demonstration projects aimed to reduce present levels of smoking in industry sectors with high prevalence of smoking, such as construction, mining, manufacturing, and hospitality and service.

Read the Newsletters: Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects- Construction Organizations; Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects – Manufacturing Organizations

Evaluation News: Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter (June 2015)

The first in the series of 2015-2016 newsletters from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team provides a summary of activities and project progress this year. Project highlights in this issue include: plans to evaluate TO2015 Smoke-Free Games Policy of the 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Games, a rapid literature review to understand what strategies and interventions work best for young adult smoking prevention, and evaluation plans for the Niagara Pharmacy Pilot Program which combines proactive behavioural counselling and distribution of no-cost NRT through community pharmacies.

Read the Newsletter: Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter (June 2015)

New 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


Research
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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