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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.

Updated Protection Module

We are pleased to release the newly updated Protection Module. If you’ve already started the Protection module, you might find it helpful to go back to the beginning and scroll through the changes. We’ve reorganized the module to be more intuitive, and relevant to current protection-related issues, and added more recent images and videos.

We look forward to your feedback about the module changes!

Nicotine: How Does it Affect Health?

OTRU Update

Of the more than 7000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, nicotine is one of the most widely assessed. Nicotine has been identified as the primary substance in tobacco that causes addiction and, as such, the main substance driving use of tobacco products. For many years, most of the harm associated with tobacco has been attributed to other substances in tobacco, and particularly tobacco smoke. Nevertheless, recent research suggests that there are significant and substantial health effects associated directly with nicotine. The rise of commercial products that deliver nicotine without tobacco smoke make it important to assess the potential risks of nicotine in both traditional and alternative tobacco products. Read the Update.

Listen Again: Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: What’s the Evidence?

Original presentation date: February 27, 2017

Health Evidence hosted a 90 minute webinar examining the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation. Muhannad Malas and Robert Schwartz led the session and presented findings from their recent review: 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. This review examines the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as cessation aids. Sixty two articles, including RCTs, experimental, longitudinal and cross sectional studies are included in this review. Findings suggest there is inconclusive evidence due to low quality of research. For links to the audio and video, and the slide deck, visit our Webinar Archives page.


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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