Each year, OTRU highlights our research and evaluation findings through a series of webinars in partnership with the Provincial Training and Consultation Centre.
Listen Again To Recent Webinars
The Impact of Self-Perceived Health and Professional Advice on Smoking Behaviour
Original presentation date: December 9, 2014
This webinar was presented by the Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU).
Based on data from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS), a population-based survey of adult residents (18 years of age and over), this webinar examines how self-perceptions of health are associated with smoking behaviour and cessation over time. Additionally, this webinar explores how cessation medications and advice from healthcare professionals can influence smoking and quitting habits.
Developing the Smoke-Free Ontario Work Plan
Original presentation date: November 6, 2014
This webinar was presented by the Program Training & Consultation Centre in collaboration with Public Health Ontario and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
Designed to support public health department staff who are involved in the development and submission of the Smoke-Free Ontario Work Plan, this webinar highlights the important linkages between the sections of the work plan: needs assessment, objectives, activities and outcomes. A key focus is on the translation of local tobacco control priorities into realistic objectives and outcomes.
The webinar also outlines current options for collecting data and evidence to help identify local tobacco control needs and inform planning and programming at the local level.
Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth
Original presentation date: October 7, 2014
This webinar was presented by the Program Training & Consultation Centre (PTCC) in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU).
In this webinar, the presenters discuss the association between exposure to onscreen tobacco in movies and tobacco use behaviour among youth. Examining current evidence on this issue, the webinar highlights tobacco control initiatives undertaken at the local level and how Ontario-based evidence can inform local planning and program development.
Smoking on Patios: Levels of Exposure, Health Effects and Impact on Behaviour Change
Original presentation date: March 27, 2014
This webinar directly addressed issues relating to smoking exposure on restaurant or bar patios, including new findings on the impact of exposure to smoking on smoking behavior. Using data from the Ontario Tobacco Survey, a longitudinal population representative cohort of smokers (2005-2011), Michael Chaiton examined the association between exposure to patio smoking and changes in smoking behavior. Roberta Ferrence presented the evidence for secondhand smoke exposure on patios and related health effects.
Tobacco Control in Ontario: How Well Are We Doing & Where Can We Improve?
Original presentation date: January 21, 2014
Robert Schwartz and Shawn O’Connor presented the up to date evaluative information about the activities and results of comprehensive tobacco control in Ontario. They presented monitoring information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, analysis of population-level changes, and explored the contributions of interventions. Included were assessments of changes in the social climate and public support for tobacco control measures. They further highlighted accomplishments and opportunities from the report, with the intention of bringing evidence to bear on the continued development of comprehensive tobacco control in the province.
When Cigar Packages Speak: Overview and Some Findings from the Chatterbox Project
Original presentation date: October 17, 2013
This webinar was the sixth in a series provided by the Program Training and Consultation Centre in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
This presentation provided an in-depth study of cigar packaging and explored the ways in which tobacco companies use specific design elements—including descriptors, color, and imagery—to communicate messages that make cigars attractive to specific market segments like youth. Results underscore complex ways in which design elements interact to convey meaning, and how the alignment of these elements contributes to the overall thematic makeup of particular cigar brands.
Waterpipe Smoking – An Increasing Issue for Public Health
Original presentation date: April 11, 2013
This webinar was the fifth in a series provided by the Program Training and Consultation Centre in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
This webinar saw Dr. Roberta Ferrence discuss current patterns of use in Canada, explore evidence about the toxicity of waterpipe smoke, and present preliminary findings from an observational study of waterpipe cafes in Toronto, Ontario.
Getting There: Ontario’s Progress in Tobacco Control 2012
Original presentation date: January 17, 2013
This webinar was the fourth in a series provided by the Program Training and Consultation Centre in collaboration with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
This webinar saw Dr. Robert Schwartz and Dr. Shawn O’Connor present the most recent status report on tobacco control in Ontario. They reported on the findings of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report 2012 and presented up to date evaluative information about the activities and results of comprehensive tobacco control in Ontario.
From Your Dentist’s Chair to Your Taxi: Study Updates From OTRU
Original presentation date: October 24, 2012
This webinar provided an overview of OTRU’s evaluation work in the area of smoking cessation, and reported on a study exploring the experiences of three dental health professional groups (dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants) in smoking cessation. Findings from a pilot project that used a problem-solving and community engagement approach to explore the issue of non-compliance to the SFOA in taxis was also highlighted.
Smoking Cessation in Ontario: What the Ontario Tobacco Survey Tells Us
Original presentation date: June 27, 2012
The Ontario Tobacco Survey is an innovative OTRU survey that followed over 4,000 smokers for up to 3 years. OTS data provide an in depth understanding of the current smoking in Ontario, and a better understanding of the factors that influence quitting tobacco. This webinar explores key issue related to smoking cessation in the province.
Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy
Original presentation date: April 29, 2012
This webinar discusses findings from OTRU’s the 2011 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report.
Listen Again: Putting Thirdhand Smoke on the Policy & Research Agenda
This Ontario Tobacco Research Unit workshop, held May 3, 2012, discussed the emerging issue of thirdhand smoke. An international panel of experts shared information about what thirdhand smoke is, challenges in measuring it, how we are exposed to it, and what this means to tobacco control policy in general and Canadian policy in particular. The workshop is part of a larger CIHR funded project that includes an expert panel meeting to review the current state of evidence about third hand smoke.
Presenters included: Neal Benowitz, Hugo Destaillats, Roberta Ferrence, Geoffrey T. Fong, Lorraine Fry, Lara Gundel, Mel Hovell, Pam Kaufman, Ryan David Kennedy, Georg Matt, Thomas E. Novotny, Jonathan Winickoff
Speaker presentations from the workshop are divided into six parts.
Part 7: Closing Remarks and Next Steps
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