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: March 2017

March OTRU UpdatePublic Health Unit Tobacco Use Cessation Services

Authors: Jolene Dubray, Shawn O’Connor

Date: March 2017

This Update provides a summary of the tobacco use cessation services provided at the local-level by all 36 Public Health Units across Ontario for the 2016 calendar year. Read more…

Other Recent Publications

Knowledge and Evaluation Support Update (March 2017)

Since 2013, OTRU has provided local program planning and evaluation services for Smoke-Free Ontario partners though the Knowledge and Evaluation Support initiative. The services provided, challenges and outcomes are summarized. Read more…

Nicotine: How Does it Affect Health?

Of the more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, nicotine is one of the most widely assessed. Nicotine has been identified as the primary substance in tobacco that causes addiction and, as such, the main substance driving use of tobacco products. Read more…

Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Products: Claims and Science

Philip Morris International says that it will be marketing a new product called iQOS in Ontario. iQOS uses a special device to heat the tobacco to release an aerosol vapour that is inhaled by the smoker. The industry has argued that this type of device reduces the delivery of many chemicals in tobacco smoke but previous versions of this class of products have not been found to be acceptable. Read more…