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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. Key survey findings suggest that public health and healthcare organizations increased their capacity to provide smoking cessation and integrated evidence-based cessation approaches, such as the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) into daily practice. Future efforts to address barriers and areas with little or no progress would facilitate additional system-level and organizational changes and adoption of evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions. Read more….
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.
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.
This brief Project News update on health insurance coverage and smoking cessation treatments presents the effectiveness of insurance coverage, factors affecting the adoption of insurance coverage by employers, and insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatments in Ontario. Read more….
This Knowledge and Evaluation Support newsletter highlights two projects – the Niagara Pharmacy Quit Smoking Pilot Program and the Youth Tobacco Prevention with Dental Professionals. The findings from these two studies are expected to be used to inform future regional cessation and youth tobacco prevention programming. Read more….
In the past two years, Ontario, along with other provinces, has been implementing world-leading regulations on restricting flavours in tobacco products including menthol, but how well have these policies been working and have there been any unintended consequences? This webinar presented the results of evaluations of these regulations using wholesale sales data reported to Health Canada, a cohort of menthol smokers assessed before and after the ban, and a menthol pack purchase study. Read more….
In 2016/2017, OTRU, in collaboration with key stakeholders, assessed the implementation and impact of new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. These reports provide an overview of key findings, focusing on implementation of the e-cigarette minimum age of sale and supply stipulation and the flavoured tobacco ban that came into effect on January 1, 2016.
Since 2015, OTRU has been conducting an ongoing formative evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the outdoor Smoke-Free Ontario Act smoking regulations. This report presents findings from data collected in 2016-2017 and includes a summary of public education efforts, compliance, self-reported smoking behaviour and secondhand smoke exposure in public venues affected by the regulations, successes, challenges, unintended consequences and enforcement staff suggestions for improvement. Read more….
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.
Schwartz R, Haji F, Babayan A, Longo C, Ferrence R. Public health policy in support of insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatments. Healthcare Policy 2017 May;12(4):56-68.