OTRU Events

E-Cigarettes: Evidence to Guide Action

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EST)
Language: English | Format: 60-minutes (online)

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.

This webinar will provide an overview of a multi-component research study of e-cigarettes, including:

  • A systematic review of the literature related to their health effects and effectiveness as a cessation aid
  • A review of e-cigarette use in Ontario
  • Findings from a panel of adult smokers and a survey of youth and young adults on their perception and use of e-cigarettes
  • A social media analysis of e-cigarette message exposure, reach and content



Dr. Robert Schwartz, OTRU Executive Director, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Bo Zhang, OTRU Research Officer

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the current state of the literature related to the health effects of e-cigarettes and their effectiveness as a cessation aid
  • Gain an understanding of the perceptions and use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults
  • Learn about current trends in how e-cigarettes are discussed on social media


Target Audience

This webinar will be of interest to public health practitioners and policy makers working in comprehensive tobacco control.

REGISTER for this webinar

This webinar is presented by the Program Training & Consultation Centre in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.