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Smoke-Free Ontario OTRU Scientific Advisory Group Evidence Update 2017

Special Report

This report updates the evidence statements from The Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee report, Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario (2016) (SFO-SAC 2016), with the most recent evidence from systematic literature reviews. This update adds recommendations on two new potential interventions: cessation in prisons and cessation among individuals living with HIV. It also suggests a change in the evidence statement for cessation in individuals with substance use issues from Undetermined to Promising Direction.
Read more….

Online Course Data Updates: Protection

We’ve recently updated some key statistics for the Protection module, including indicators such as the percentage of individuals who report:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in public places
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in homes and in vehicles
  • Support for banning smoking near entrances to public buildings, multi-unit dwellings, outdoor patios and public parks/beaches 

If you’ve already started the Protection module, you might find it helpful to scroll back through the materials to view the updated statistics.  
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Tobacco Cessation Practices and Services in Central West Ontario

Special Report

Tobacco cessation interventions by healthcare providers have been shown to significantly increase cessation rates. Three surveys were conducted in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to explore the state of tobacco cessation practices and services in the Central West Tobacco Control Area Network region. Read more….

Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization: Report of the Executive Steering Committee

Webinar: Listen Again

Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization: Report of the Executive Steering Committee presents a bold blueprint for Ontario’s tobacco endgame. This presentation highlighted what must be done in the shorter and longer terms at both provincial and public health unit levels. For more information, visit our Webinar Archives page.

Report and Summary of Recommendations

This report (PDF), provided by the Executive Steering Committee for the Modernization of Smoke-Free Ontario, represents a blueprint to end the tobacco epidemic in Ontario. A Technical Briefing was held by Committee members on October 18, 2017 at Queen’s Park to discuss their findings and recommendations, which require comprehensive action across 10 ministries including the Premier’s Office. The Executive Steering Committee Report Recommendations document (PDF) connects each recommendation with the appropriate Ontario government ministry.

E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not To Vape?

Should non-smokers vape? Is vaping less harmful than smoking? Can smokers quit by using e-cigarettes?

More information about OTRU’s research on e-cigarettes can be found on our e-cigarette research page. You many also be interested in our review in N&TR. Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936.

Animation thanks to Dan DePeuter, Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

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.