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: June 2017

Research on Electronic Cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP)

Authors: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Date: June 2017

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has grown exponentially and the use of waterpipes is on the rise, especially among youth and young adults. Concerns surround initiation of these products among youth and young adults, and the relationship of these products to tobacco cigarette and marijuana use. Large gaps exist in scientific knowledge about the use, health risks/effects and marketing of e-cigarettes and waterpipe. Read more…

Other Recent Publications

Research on Advancing Cessation Treatment (REACT)

Despite declining prevalence of smoking in Ontario in the last few decades, rates of smoking cessation have not increased significantly in the last few years. OTRU will conduct Research on Advancing Cessation Treatment (REACT) to study the urgent need to improve cessation outcomes by providing better understanding of the actual versus potential impact of cessation services in Ontario. Read more…

Commercial Tobacco Reduction in Indigenous Communities: 2017 Literature Update

Smoking prevalence among indigenous groups globally often exceed that of non-Indigenous and settler populations in the same regions or nations. In 2016, OTRU published a systematic review on the efficacy of interventions to reduce commercial tobacco in Indigenous communities. This report highlights 14 new strong and moderate quality research papers that have emerged since the original review. Read more…

Environmental Scan of Workplace Tobacco Control Activities in Ontario Public Health Units

This report provides the results of an environmental scan conducted by the Provincial Young Adult Prevention Advisory Group to identify tobacco-focused workplace activities (beyond the Smoke-Free Ontario Act) undertaken within the past 5 years or planned to be undertaken in the future by Public Health Units (PHUs) and Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCANs). Read more…