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Updated Reading List: Youth and Tobacco Use

This Reading List is a selection of journal articles, online reports and other web-based material on the topic of Youth and Tobacco Use. Its purpose is to provide readers with an introduction and overview of available literature on the topic. Major Subject Headings include: Initiation of Smoking, Influences, Prevalence, Specific Population Groups, Use of Other Products, Prevention, Media Campaigns, Youth Access, and Cessation.

OTRU Update: CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

This update provides a brief overview of smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke in Ontario based on the findings of the recently released 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey. The last significant change in smoking prevalence was between 2008 and 2009 for the 12+ age group, and 2010-2011 for the 12-19 year age group. Smoking prevalence did not change from the previous year for either age group. Ontarians continue to have some exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, in vehicles and in homes. Exposure to secondhand smoke did not significantly change from the 2012 estimates.

Read the update: CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 1)

This newsletter is the first of a series of four from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team for 2014-2015. It outlines OTRU’s knowledge and evaluation support services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter also highlights current projects and provides more details about some of the reports OTRU has recently completed through the project.

Read the newsletter: Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 1)

Special Report: Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth, 2004-2013

Smoking in movies is a cause for smoking initiation and progression to regular smoking among youth. Higher exposure to onscreen tobacco increases the uptake of smoking among youth and undermines tobacco prevention efforts. This report examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exposure in movies among Ontario youth and estimates the impact of exposure to onscreen tobacco in movies on youth smoking.

Report: Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth, 2004-2013
Movie List (PDF): 1434 Top-grossing Movies Released in the Domestic Market (Canada and US), 2004-2013, in Alphabetic Order by Year
Movie List (Excel): 1434 Top-grossing Movies Released in the Domestic Market (Canada and US), 2004-2013, in Alphabetic Order by Year
Related article: U of T public health researchers says it’s time to butt out smoking in movies

Updated Reading List: E-Cigarettes

This 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 and overview of available literature on the topic. Subject Headings include: General Information, Prevalence and Use, Cessation or Harm Reduction, Health Effects, Toxicology, Marketing, and Regulation.

OTRU Infographic: Quitting Smoking in Ontario

Facts about quitting smoking based on innovative OTRU research.

Click here to view a larger version and the references.

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Smokers’ Panel Recruitment

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, in collaboration with the Ontario Lung Association and several partner service agencies, launched a confidential Smokers’ Panel to gather information from current and former smokers that will help to develop future tobacco programs and services. Read the Press Release | Go to the Smokers’ Panel website


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Research
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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