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Upcoming Webinar – Tobacco Control in Ontario: How Well Are We Doing and Where Can We Improve?

Findings from OTRU’s Annual Strategy Monitoring Report

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 10:30am – 12:00pm (EST)

Drawing on information from population-level surveys, program evaluations and administrative data, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report presents up-to-date evaluative information about the accomplishments and challenges of comprehensive tobacco control in Ontario.

This webinar is delivered in partnership with the Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. For more information and to register, visit our Events page.

Online Course Updates

We are pleased to release the newly updated Cessation Module in OTRU’s online course Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice. If you’ve already started the Cessation 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 cessation issues, and added more recent images and videos.

An updated Prevention Module has been available since early December.

We look forward to your feedback about the module changes!

Project News: Emerging RECIG Results: Knowledge Synthesis and Adult Survey 6-Month Follow-Up

This newsletter focuses on the results from the health effects and patterns of use knowledge syntheses, analysis of Ontario survey data as well as preliminary results of the Adult Longitudinal Panel 6-month follow-up survey.

Evaluation News: Knowledge and Evaluation Support Update (December 2015)

This update provides a snapshot of two current projects supported by OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team: Monitoring the Integration of the 5As Approach to Cessation in Central West Ontario, and Tobacco Vendor Education: A Needs Assessment in Halton Region.

Reading List: E-Cigarettes

The e-Cigarette Reading List is a brief selection of journal articles, online reports and other web-based material on the topic of Electronic Cigarettes. Its purpose is to provide readers with an introduction to and overview of available literature on the topic. Topic headings are comprised of: General Information; Prevalence and Use (Adult, Youth); Cessation or Harm Reduction Use; Health Effects; Toxicology; Marketing; Regulation.

Infographic: Hookah in Toronto

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.


View references and a larger version of the infographic

Core Activities

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.
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.

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.
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.