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OTRU Update: Tobacco Smoke Entering Homes in Multi-Unit Dwellings in Ontario

Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is a long standing public health issue. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act protects many Ontarians from exposure to SHS in enclosed public places and workplaces including restaurants and bars, casinos, in vehicles, and in the common areas of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), but  exposure still occurs in MUDs through drifting smoke from neighbouring dwellings, shared indoor spaces, ventilation systems, and through windows and doors.This update reviews the extent of reported exposure to SHS in multi-unit dwellings in Ontario and notes regional differences among the province’s seven Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCANs).

Read the update: Tobacco Smoke Entering Homes in Multi-Unit Dwellings in Ontario

Upcoming Webinar: Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST)

Language: English | Format: 60-minutes (online) | Free

Tobacco use in movies is a powerful form of promotion that has long been exploited by the tobacco industry. Tobacco use in movies is a major cause of 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 webinar examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exposure in movies among Ontario youth and discusses the impact of exposure to onscreen tobacco on youth smoking and subsequent health-related harm. The webinar will also highlight tobacco control initiatives at the local level that address this issue.

For more information and to register, visit our events page.

Updated Reading List: Smokeless Tobacco

The Smokeless Tobacco Reading List is a brief selection of journal articles, online reports and other web-based material. Its purpose is to provide readers with an introduction and overview of available literature on the topic. Topic areas covered include: AdvertisingSalesHarm ReductionHealth EffectsQuitting Smokeless Tobacco and Other Forms of Smokeless Tobacco.

Other Recently Updated Reading Lists


OTRU Update: CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

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.

Read the update: CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

OTRU Infographic: Quitting Smoking in Ontario

Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.

Click here to view a larger version and the references.


Smokers’ Panel Recruitment

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

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.