Monitoring and Evaluating Ontario’s New Tobacco Policy Measures: Flavoured Tobacco Prohibition

  In 2016/2017, OTRU, in collaboration with key stakeholders, assessed the implementation and impact of new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. This report provides an overview of key findings, focusing on implementation of the flavoured tobacco
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Monitoring and Evaluating Ontario’s New E-Cigarette Policy Measures: Sale and Supply to Youth

  In 2016/2017, OTRU, in collaboration with key stakeholders, assessed the implementation and impact of new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. This report provides an overview of key findings, focusing on implementation of the e-cigarette minimu
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Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

  Since 2015, OTRU has been conducting an ongoing formative evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the outdoor Smoke-Free Ontario Act smoking regulations. This report presents findings from data collected in 2016-2017 and includes a summary of public education effo
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2016 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report

  Key Findings: Past 30-day use of various tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff or chewing tobacco, but not including waterpipe and electronic cigarettes) reported by Ontarians aged 12 years or older was 20% – statistically lower than the 2010 rate o
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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. This centralized service enhances capacity, creates effic
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Knowledge and Evaluation Support Update (September 2016)

This update provides an overview of OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support initiative for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We highlight two projects supported by this initiative: Evaluation of the Amended Toronto Smoke-free Bylaws, and the Love My Life Campaign, a youth engagement program
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Monitoring and Evaluating Ontario’s New Tobacco and E-Cigarette Policy Measures

OTRU has begun a new project to assess the implementation and impact of the new tobacco and e-cigarette policy measures being implemented in Ontario. This newsletter provides an overview of the new measures and outlines evaluation activities happening in the 2016/2017 year. It also hi
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Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

In collaboration with public health units, OTRU conducted an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act outdoor smoking regulations that banned smoking on restaurant/bar patios, playgrounds and sports fields effective January 1, 2015. Findings suggest that smoking behaviour and exposure
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2015 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report

  Key Findings: Past 30-day use of various tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff or chewing tobacco, but not including waterpipe and electronic cigarettes) reported by Ontarians aged 12 years or older was 20% – statistically lower than the 2010 rate o
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Knowledge and Evaluation Support Update (December 2015)

This update provides a snapshot of two current projects supported by OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team: Monitoring the Integration of the 5As Approach to Cessation in Central West Ontario, and Tobacco Vendor Education: A Needs Assessment in Halton Region.
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Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter (September 2015)

This newsletter provides a snapshot of two current projects supported by OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team: an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Restrictions using data from four case study locations across Ontario, and environmental scans of public h
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Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team Newsletter (June 2015)

The first in the series of 2015-2016 newsletters from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team provides a summary of activities and project progress this year. Project highlights in this issue include: plans to evaluate TO2015 Smoke-Free Games Policy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Gam
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Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects – Manufacturing Organizations (May 2015)

OTRU has been working with Smoke-Free Ontario partners to evaluate workplace-based smoking cessation demonstration projects in various public health units across Ontario. The workplace demonstration projects aimed to reduce present levels of smoking in industry sectors with high preva
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Evaluation of Workplace Cessation Demonstration Projects – Construction Organizations (May 2015)

OTRU has been working with Smoke-Free Ontario partners to evaluate workplace-based smoking cessation demonstration projects in various public health units across Ontario. This newsletter reports on evaluation findings relevant to the construction sector. Findings have been drawn from:
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STOP Program Implementation in Three Health Care Treatment Settings

This newsletter reports on a comparative evaluation of STOP program delivery in Addiction Agencies, Community Health Centres and Family Health Teams. The evaluation provides knowledge on the overall successes and challenges in the provision of cessation services across the three types
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Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (March 2015)

The fourth in the series of 2014-2015 newsletters from OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support Team provides a summary of activities and project progress this year, and highlights evaluation activities related to amendments to the City of Toronto bylaw. Related publications: Knowledge
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Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth

  The Smoking Cessation Interventions for Youth report explores the current state of knowledge about effective and promising interventions and practices in addressing smoking cessation among youth. The authors review the academic and grey literature to identify effective and prom
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Introduction to RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes

This first OTRU RECIG newsletter provides updates on three ongoing RECIG study components: an ongoing knowledge synthesis; a report of findings from the most recent Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey; and an upcoming social media analysis. This newsletter also highlights oppor
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2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Executive Summary

  OTRU’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report Executive Summary provides a synopsis of the report’s comprehensive review of the progress of the province’s tobacco control initiatives. Related publications: 2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Full R
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2014 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Full Report

  The Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report finds tobacco use among grade 12 youth remains steady at 6%, but smoking use among young adults remains high. These are some of the findings highlighted in this year’s Strategy Monitoring Report. This report presents evaluative
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Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (December 2014)

This newsletter is the third 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.
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Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (September 2014)

This newsletter is the second 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
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Tobacco Smoke Entering Homes in Multi-Unit Dwellings in Ontario

    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-u
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Knowledge & Evaluation Support Update (June 2014)

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.
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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+
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Evaluation of the Workplace-based Cessation Demonstration Projects Initiative (April 2014)

  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
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Waterpipe Use in Ontario

  As waterpipe use has increased around the world, it has become a growing public health concern. This update examines the latest population survey data about the prevalence of waterpipe use in Ontario, patterns of use, beliefs and attitudes about use and its relationship to use
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OTRU’s Evaluation Guidance and Support Project (March 31 2014)

This newsletter is the fourth of a series from OTRU’s Evaluation Support Team outlining OTRU’s evaluation and research services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter  also highlights current projec
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Evaluation of the STOP Program with Community Health Centres and Addiction Agencies

This newsletter provides an overview of this Ontario-based smoking cessation project, outlines evaluation methods, highlights key findings and discusses successes and challenges. Related publication: STOP Program Implementation in Three Health Care Treatment Settings
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OTRU’s Evaluation Guidance and Support Project (March 13 2014)

This newsletter is the third of a series from OTRU’s Evaluation Support Team outlining OTRU’s evaluation and research services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter  also highlights current project
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2013 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Full Report

  Click here for the 2015 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report The Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy is a comprehensive tobacco control program involving a broad coalition of partners including provincial and local governments, boards of health, voluntary health organizations,
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2013 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Executive Summary

  OTRU’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report Executive Summary provides a synopsis of the report’s comprehensive review of the progress of the province’s tobacco control initiatives. Related publications: 2013 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report – Full R
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OTRU’s Evaluation Guidance and Support Project (January 2014)

This newsletter is the second of a series from OTRU’s Evaluation Support Team outlining OTRU’s evaluation and research services for Ontario’s Public Health Units, Tobacco Control Area Networks, and other tobacco Transfer Payment Agencies. The newsletter  also highlights current projec
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Prohibitions/Restrictions on Flavoured Tobacco Products – 2013 Monitoring Update

  In recent years in Canada and in other countries, the tobacco industry has increasingly used flavours as part of a marketing strategy to make tobacco products more attractive, especially for youth and young adults. This update summarizes current legisation in Ontario, Canada, a
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Strategies Affecting Tobacco Vendor Compliance with Youth Access Laws: A Review of the Literature

Programs that effectively disrupt tobacco sales to minors have been shown to reduce smoking among youth. This report reviews the literature to identify the factors that are associated with vendor compliance and to explore the strategies and practices that positively affect tobacco ven
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Litigation against the Tobacco Industry – 2013 Monitoring Update

  Litigation against the tobacco industry is any attempt to challenge the tobacco industry through judicial process. This update summarizes healthcare cost recovery legislation and litigation against the tobacco industry, by Canadian provincial and territorial jurisdiction. Litig
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Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2013 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes age-related restrictions on access to tobacco products. These restrictions target young people who, as a group, are vulnerable to smoking initiation. This update reviews youth access provisions by provincial, territorial and federal jurisd
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Cessation Pathways: Exploring Opportunities for Developing a Coordinated Smoking Cessation System in Ontario

This Special Report highlights the results of an exploratory study to learn about smokers’ experiences with existing smoking cessation services/resources in Ontario and to identify opportunities for strengthening service linkages in the province.
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Data Standards for Smoke-Free Ontario Smoking Cessation Service Providers

  A range of smoking cessation interventions are available to help Ontario smokers quit. This report identifies common intake and follow-up indicators and measures recommended for adult smoking cessation service providers in Ontario.
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Evaluation of the Workplace-based Cessation Demonstration Projects Initiative (July 2013)

  Smoking rates are higher among occupations in manufacturing, construction and service industry sectors. OTRU is working with participating public health units, workplace leaders and other key partners to evaluate a number of workplace-based, tobacco use cessation demonstration
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