OTRU evidence-based publications serve a variety of information needs:

  • OTRU Updates summarize highlights from recent research and evaluation findings.
  • Special Reports provide overviews and syntheses of research in special topic areas.
  • Strategy Monitoring Reports analyze the progress of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and document changes in the province’s tobacco control climate.
  • Evaluation and Project Newsletters update communities on local tobacco use statistics and how local tobacco control initiatives are working.
  • Infographics visually present findings from OTRU studies

The most recent OTRU publications are listed below.

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Special Report: October 2017

Tobacco Cessation Practices and Services in Central West Ontario

Authors: OTRU

Date: October 2017

Tobacco cessation interventions by healthcare providers have been shown to significantly increase cessation rates. Three surveys were conducted in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to explore the state of tobacco cessation practices and services in the Central West Tobacco Control Area Network region. Key survey findings suggest that public health and healthcare organizations increased their capacity to provide smoking cessation and integrated evidence-based cessation approaches, such as the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) into daily practice. Future efforts to address barriers and areas with little or no progress would facilitate additional system-level and organizational changes and adoption of evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions.

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Other Recent Publications

Health Insurance Coverage and Smoking Cessation

This brief Project News update on health insurance coverage and smoking cessation treatments presents the effectiveness of insurance coverage, factors affecting the adoption of insurance coverage by employers, and insurance coverage for smoking cessation treatments in Ontario. Read more…

OTRU Knowledge and Evaluation Support Newsletter (September 2017)

This Knowledge and Evaluation Support newsletter highlights two projects – the Niagara Pharmacy Quit Smoking Pilot Program and the Youth Tobacco Prevention with Dental Professionals. The findings from these two studies are expected to be used to inform future regional cessation and youth tobacco prevention programming. Read more…

Monitoring and Evaluating Ontario’s New E-Cigarette Policy Measures: Sale and Supply to Youth

In 2016/2017, OTRU, in collaboration with key stakeholders, assessed the implementation and impact of new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. This report provides an overview of key findings, focusing on implementation of the e-cigarette minimum age of sale and supply stipulation that came into effect on January 1, 2016. Read more…