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Each year, OTRU highlights our research and evaluation findings through a series of webinars in partnership with the Provincial Training and Consultation Centre.

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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.

Presentation Deck (2.44b)
Audio Recording (TBA)

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.

Presentation Deck (2.43Mb)
Audio Recording (9.61Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (5.25Mb)
Audio Recording (8.45Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (7.13Mb)
Audio Recording (6.84Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (PDF; 2.7 Mb)
Audio Recording (Quicktime; 9.6 Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (PDF; 1.3 Mb)
Audio Recording (Quicktime; 34.3 Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (PDF; 2 Mb)
Audio Recording (Quicktime; 9.8 Mb)

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.

Presentation Deck (PDF; 2.4 Mb)
Audio Recording (Quicktime; 10.6 Mb)

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 1: Welcome & Introduction – Pam Kaufman
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Part 2: Defining Thirdhand Smoke – Georg Matt
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Part 3: Measuring Thirdhand Smoke – Lara Gundel
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Part 4: Human Exposure Issues – Neal Benowitz & Jonathan Winickoff
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Part 5: The Role of THS in the Tobacco Control Policy Environment – Thomas Novotny & Mel Hovell
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Part 6: The Canadian Policy Context: Opportunities & Challenges – Roberta Ferrence, Geoff Fong, Ryan Kennedy, and Lorraine Fry
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Part 7: Closing Remarks and Next Steps
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