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New 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.


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Webinar – Watch Again: Does increasing Tobacco Tax increase Contraband? Debunking the Taxation and Contraband Tobacco Myth

This webinar was presented on Tuesday, May 12

It is frequently claimed that tobacco taxes cause smuggling, but does increasing tobacco tax necessarily increase contraband? To debunk the myth that taxation leads to contraband tobacco, the speakers will discuss findings from the literature, present data on Ontario trends in tobacco taxes, consumption, prevalence and contraband, compare tax and price data in Canada, and critically review an earlier report from the Fraser Institute.

Visit our webinar archives page for video, audio and the presentation slides

Read the full report: What Effect Does Tobacco Taxation Have on Contraband? Debunking the Taxation – Contraband Tobacco Myth

Evaluation Newsletter: STOP Program Implementation in Three Health Care Treatment Settings

This newsletter reports on a comparative evaluation of STOP program delivery in Addiction Agencies, Community Health Centres and Family Health Teams. The evaluation provides knowledge on the overall successes and challenges in the provision of cessation services across the three types of healthcare settings and informs how programs can be tailored to meet specific needs of the practice, practitioners and patients.

Read the Newsletter: STOP Program Implementation in Three Health Care Treatment Settings

OTRU Update: Use of Quit Aids Among Ontario Smokers

Research shows that smokers who use quit aids such as pharmacotherapies and behavioral support are more likely to be successful in smoking cessation than smokers who do not use quit aids. This update explores factors related to use and trends in the use of various cessation aids over time among Ontario smokers who made a quit attempt, using data from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS).

Read the Update: Use of Quit Aids Among Ontario Smokers

RECIG Project Update: Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

The second in a series of four newsletters from OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes (RECIG) Project highlights initial findings from the project’s knowledge synthesis, a study of the effects of e-cigarettes on cue-Induced craving, analysis of national survey data and report of findings from a Longitudinal panel of users.

Read the Update: RECIG Project Update: Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 4)

The fourth in the series of 2014-2015 newsletters from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team provides a summary of activities and project progress this year, and highlights evaluation activities related to amendments to the City of Toronto bylaw.

Read the Update: Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 4)


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.