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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You can also search our publications using the general website search on the top right. OTRU publications, books and journal articles by staff members are found in the Online Library catalogue.

OTRU Update: May 2016

Support for Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging Regulations in OntarioSupport for Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging Regulations in Ontario

Authors: Michael Chaiton, Pam Kaufman, Roberta Ferrence, Shawn O’Connor, Robert Schwartz

Date: May 2016

The Canadian government may be preparing regulations for plain and standardized packaging of cigarette products. This OTRU update examines the level of public support for plain packaging in Ontario, which is among the highest in the world. This high level of support suggests that there is unlikely to be a substantial backlash from the general public against the implementation of plain and standardized packaging regulations. Read more…

Other Recent Publications

Busting Myths About Smoking Cessation

With limited population-level research, myths about smoking cessation persist. Research from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS) has improved our understanding of smoking cessation in the general population. Key facts and findings are summarized, including the frequency and number of quit attempts, the duration and effectiveness of cessation medications, trajectories of smoking, and the effectiveness of population-level initiatives on cessation behaviours. Read more…

Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

In collaboration with public health units, OTRU conducted an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act outdoor smoking regulations that banned smoking on restaurant/bar patios, playgrounds and sports fields effective January 1, 2015. Read more…

RETRAC: Sharing Experiences and Knowledge Synthesis Update

In this edition of the RETRAC newsletter, we hear from a community Peer Researcher about their RETRAC experience; learn about a Māori smoking reduction/cessation program; speak with two guest Indigenous health researchers; and meet the new Manager of the Aboriginal Tobacco Program at Cancer Care Ontario. Read more…