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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Project Newsletter: November 2018

Direct Healthcare Cost by Smoking Status Among Ontario Adults

Authors: Bo Zhang, Michael Chaiton, Jolene Dubray, Robert Schwartz

Date: November 2018

Using Ontario Tobacco Survey data (a representative sample of Ontario adults) linked with health administrative data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, we found a significant interaction effect between age and smoking status on direct healthcare costs. Current smokers cost the healthcare system much more than never and former smokers after the age of 70. Findings from this study suggest that quitting, even at advanced ages, can help reduce healthcare costs. Read more…

Other Recent Publications

Youth and Young Adult Vaping in Canada

As part of the Health System Research Fund, OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP) grant has established a Youth and Young Adult Panel Study to help understand what happens over time to young people who vape. Read more…

The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act: Implications for E-Cigarette Point-of-Sale Promotion

E-cigarettes are now being aggressively marketed at point-of-sale in convenience stores as well as in vape shops, with and without claims about health effects and about smoking cessation effectiveness. Read more…

Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario: 2017

The 2017 data for top-grossing movies released in Ontario theatres is now available. A preview of the data indicates that it is consistent with the trend between 2004 and 2016. Read more…