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 Newsletters update communities on local tobacco use statistics and how local tobacco control initiatives are working.

The most recent OTRU publications are listed below.

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OTRU Update: August 2014

update_aug2014Tobacco Smoke Entering Homes in Multi-Unit Dwellings in Ontario

Authors: Bo Zhang, Robert Schwartz, Marilyn Pope
Date: August 2014

Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) is a long standing public health issue. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act protects many Ontarians from exposure to SHS in enclosed public places and workplaces including restaurants and bars, casinos, in vehicles, and in the common areas of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), but  exposure still occurs in MUDs through drifting smoke from neighbouring dwellings, shared indoor spaces, ventilation systems, and through windows and doors.This update reviews the extent of reported exposure to SHS in multi-unit dwellings in Ontario and notes regional differences among the province’s seven Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCANs). Read more…

Other Recent Publications

CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

This update provides a brief overview of smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke in Ontario based on the findings of the recently released 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey. The last significant change in smoking prevalence was between 2008 and 2009 for the 12+ age group, and 2010-2011 for the 12-19 year age group. Smoking prevalence did not change from the previous year for either age group. Ontarians continue to have some exposure to secondhand smoke in public places, in vehicles and in homes. Exposure to secondhand smoke did not significantly change from the 2012 estimates. Read more…

Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (Volume 8 Number 1)

This newsletter is the first of a series of four from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team for 2014-2015. It outlines OTRU’s knowledge and evaluation support services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter also highlights current projects and provides more details about some of the reports OTRU has recently completed through the project. Read more…

Evaluation of the Workplace-based Cessation Demonstration Projects Initiative (Volume 6 Number 2)

OTRU is working with participating public health units, workplace leaders and other key partners to evaluate workplace-based tobacco use cessation demonstration projects in the construction, mining, manufacturing, hospitality and service sectors. This newsletter, the second in this series, provides an update on the evaluation progress and summarizes preliminary findings and next steps. Read more…