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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 newsletter about the Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC) project includes an update on research being conducted with exemplar communities and community-based research with Aboriginal communities in Ontario. Emerging findings from the project’s knowledge synthesis are also presented.
The RETRAC project is a joint initiative of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Well Living House at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health.
Read the Newsletter: RETRAC: Research Progress and Preliminary Knowledge Synthesis Findings
OTRU, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has undertaken a multi-component research study of e-cigarettes. This project newsletter provides an update on our social media analysis, knowledge synthesis, adult longitudinal study and youth and young adult survey.
Read the Newsletter: Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario
OTRU has been working with Smoke-Free Ontario partners to evaluate workplace-based smoking cessation demonstration projects in various public health units across Ontario. These newsletters report on evaluation findings relevant to the construction and manufacturing sectors. The workplace demonstration projects aimed to reduce present levels of smoking in industry sectors with high prevalence of smoking, such as construction, mining, manufacturing, and hospitality and service.
The first in the series of 2015-2016 newsletters from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team provides a summary of activities and project progress this year. Project highlights in this issue include: plans to evaluate TO2015 Smoke-Free Games Policy of the 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Games, a rapid literature review to understand what strategies and interventions work best for young adult smoking prevention, and evaluation plans for the Niagara Pharmacy Pilot Program which combines proactive behavioural counselling and distribution of no-cost NRT through community pharmacies.
Read the Newsletter: Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter (June 2015)
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.