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: March 2017

Commercial Tobacco Reduction in Indigenous Communities: 2017 Literature Update

Authors: Michael Palmer, Michael Chaiton, Robert Schwartz

Date: March 2017

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…

Other Recent Publications

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…

OTRU Updates Scientific Advisory Committee Report (SAC2)

OTRU launches routine updating of the SAC2 Report. Using the same approach as the SAC2 Report, OTRU scientists are now routinely appraising new evidence as it is published and proposing changes where needed to the SAC2 Report. OTRU has launched the Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Group (SFOSAG) to achieve scientific agreement on proposed changes. Read more…

OTRU Launches the Ontario Tobacco Research Network (OTRN)

OTRU has established the Ontario Tobacco Research Network (OTRN) in order to provide a platform for Ontario tobacco control researchers to share research in progress, provide and receive input on ongoing studies, identify research gaps, facilitate collaboration and enable trainees to both learn and gain experiencing in presenting their work. Read more…