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RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes Findings and Expert Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 11:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
In Person: East Common Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Online: TBA

Despite a growing body of research on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), there has been much debate about the effects of their use. While there may be potential for e-cigarettes to support smoking cessation, there are also concerns about possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use.

RECIG investigators from OTRU and CAMH will present key findings from the study and an international expert panel will also present on leading edge research. For more information and to register, visit our Events page.

Reading List: Second- and Thirdhand Smoke

The Second- and Thirdhand Smoke 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 to and overview of available literature on the topic. Topic headings include: General Information; Health Effects; Apartments or Multiunit Dwellings; Automobiles; Correctional Facilities; Home Environment; Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities; Outdoor Places; Restaurants and Bars; Workplace.

OTRU Update: Is It a Quit Attempt if It Doesn’t Last a Day?

Predictors of Serious Quit Attempts of at Least 24 Hours Duration

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.

Read the Update: Is It a Quit Attempt if It Doesn’t Last a Day? Predictors of Serious Quit Attempts of at Least 24 Hours Duration

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.