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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OTRU Update: August 2015

update_aug2015Raising the Minimum Age for Access to Tobacco to 21

Authors: Marilyn Pope, Michael Chaiton, Robert Schwartz

Date: August 2015

The majority of smokers begin smoking in their teens or early twenties. Raising the legal age of access to tobacco to age 21 has the potential to impact positively on future smoking prevalence and health outcomes. This update outlines reasons to consider raising the minimum age, reviews current evidence and public opinion, and provides a snapshot of current Canadian and US legislation in this area. Read more…

Other Recent Publications

RETRAC: Research Progress and Preliminary Knowledge Synthesis Findings

This newsletter about the Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC) project includes an update on research being conducted with exemplar communities and community-based research with Aboriginal communities in Ontario. Read more…

Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

OTRU, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has undertaken a multi-component research study of e-cigarettes. This project newsletter provides an update on our social media analysis, knowledge synthesis, adult longitudinal study and youth and young adult survey. Read more… Read more…

Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects – Construction Organizations

This newsletter reports on evaluation findings relevant to the construction sector. Findings have been drawn from: surveys with intervention participants, and qualitative interviews and focus groups with employees, program participants, workplace leaders and public health practitioners. Read more…