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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
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.
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: Advertising, Sales; Harm Reduction; Health Effects; Quitting Smokeless Tobacco and Other Forms of Smokeless Tobacco.
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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.
Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.
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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
Knowledge Exchange is integral to our work. Learn more about OTRU’s knowledge exchange initiatives.
OTRU can help you with your knowledge, research and evaluation needs if you are a Smoke-Free Ontario stakeholder working on tobacco-related projects. To learn more about this service visit our Knowledge & Evaluation Support page.
Ontario Smokers’ Helpline or 1-877-513-5333 – a counselling service to help smokers quit (telephone or online). For additional information about smoking cessation, please talk to your health care professional or contact your local Public Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Quit Smoking – provides information on quitting and links to other resources
Health Canada – Quit Now – a site providing useful information on quitting, including self-help materials and other resources. This site also provides statistics about smoking in Canada, along with information about the health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke
Kairouz S, Lasnier B, Mihaylova T, Montreuil A, Cohen JE. Smoking restrictions in homes after implementation of a smoking ban in public places. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2014 Aug 18 [epub ahead of print].
Kernoghan A, Lambraki I, Pieters K, Garcia JM. Smoke-Free Housing: A Review of the Evidence. Toronto, Ontario: Program Training and Consultation Centre and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo, 2014.