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Many researchers use a definition of quit attempt that requires any attempt at cessation to last longer than 24 hours. Using data from OTRU’s Ontario Tobacco Survey, this update examines factors associated with making quit attempts that last more than 24 hours compared to those of shorter duration.
This newsletter, the fourth in a series from OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes (RECIG) project, focuses on the results of youth and young adult interviews and provides an update on RECIG’s Adult and the Youth and Young Adult Surveys.
Read the Newsletter: Emerging RECIG Results: Youth and Young Adult Interviews
This newsletter provides a snapshot of two current projects supported by OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support team: an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Restrictions using data from four case study locations across Ontario, and environmental scans of public health and health-care organizations providing tobacco cessation services in in Central West and North West TCANs.
Read the Newsletter: OTRU Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter
Two OTRU data tools have been updated recently. They are designed to help researchers, students, and the tobacco control community find sources of survey data, and commonly used survey questions. The Inventory of Questions from Population Surveys of Tobacco Use in Canada provides access to over 3,700 questions from 100 population surveys in Canada to help in survey development and the location of data sources.
The Directory of Public Use Data on Tobacco Use in Canada provides a comprehensive list of public use survey data on smoking and tobacco use and can help researchers and students in locating high quality Canadian data.
Movies are a powerful vehicle for promoting tobacco use. Higher exposure to tobacco in movies increases the uptake of smoking among youth and undermines tobacco prevention efforts. This Special Report examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exposure among Ontario youth, and estimates the impact of the exposure in terms of new smokers recruited, their tobacco associated mortality and healthcare costs. The amount of harm that would be averted if future movies with smoking received an adult (18A) rating is also estimated.
Read the Report: Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario, Canada: 2004-2014
Read the Press Release: U of T Public Health Researchers Urge that Movies with Smoking be 18A Rated
The majority of smokers begin smoking in their teens or early twenties. Raising the legal age of access to tobacco to age 21 has the potential to impact positively on future smoking prevalence and health outcomes. This update outlines reasons to consider raising the minimum age, reviews current evidence and public opinion, and provides a snapshot of current Canadian and US legislation in this area.
Read the Update: Raising the Minimum Age for Access to Tobacco to 21
This infographic is based on the findings of a study by OTRU researchers that assessed air quality using multiple ambient air measures and a biomarker for exposure in both indoor and outdoor waterpipe cafes in Toronto, Canada.
Hamilton HA, Ferrence R, Boak A, O’Connor S, Mann RE, Schwartz R, Adlaf EM. Waterpipe use among high school students in Ontario: Demographic and substance use correlates. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2015 Mar/Apr;106(3):e121-e126.
Zawertailo LA, Baliunas D, Ivanova A, Selby PL. Individualized treatment for tobacco dependence in addictions treatment settings: The role of current depressive symptoms on outcomes at 3 and 6 months. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2015 Aug;17(8):937-945.