OTRU’s Evaluation Guidance and Support Project (July 2013)

  This newsletter is the first 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
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2012 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report – Full Report

  Partners of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy have made solid progress in implementing a comprehensive approach to achieving vital tobacco control goals. This report presents evaluative information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and describes
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2012 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report – Executive Summary

  OTRU’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report Executive Summary provides a synposis of the report’s comprehensive review of the progress of the province’s tobacco control initiatives. Related publications: 2012 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report –
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Formative Evaluation of the Public Health Unit Youth Engagement Initiative–Brief Report

  This formative evaluation study examines the process of implementation of the Youth Engagement Initiative as outlined in the 2010 scopes of service, and identifies facilitators and challenges to this process to inform Initiative improvement and advancement of implementation. Th
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Formative Evaluation of the Public Health Unit Youth Engagement Initiative (Volume 4 Number 2)

  This newsletter reports on key findings from a formative evaluation of how the Initiative has been implemented in public health units across the province. Related publication: Evaluation of a Youth Engagement Initiative to Promote Healthy Choices (Volume 4 Number 1)  
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TIMS-SK Update: Smoking Cessation: An Integral Part of Primary Health-Care Delivery

This update explores quitting behaviour and the use of pharmacotherapy and behavioural aids among Saskatchewan smokers aged 15 years and older. It also looks at the involvement of health professionals in delivering cessation services. All data presented in this report are from the Can
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Tobacco Database Resources Available from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit – 2012

  The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit recently updated two tobacco database resources for the design and conduct of studies related to tobacco and tobacco control. The Directory of Public Use Data on Tobacco Use in Canada is designed to help researchers and students locate Canadian
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Tobacco Taxes – 2012 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products in order to decrease their economic accessibility. This update discusses the effect of the introduction of Ontario’s harmonized sales tax on the price of cigarettes in the province, and summarizes t
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Protection from Secondhand Smoke – 2012 Monitoring Update

  This update reviews current bans under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and concludes that protection from secondhand smoke in Ontario is comparable to that of other Canadian jurisdictions, except for those with a complete ban on smoking on open patios. The update provides a summary
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Prohibition of Tobacco Sales in Specific Places – 2012 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease the physical availability of tobacco products. This Update discusses current legislation in Ontario about where tobacco products can be sold, and reviews legislation acro
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Litigation against the Tobacco Industry – 2012 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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Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 3

  This newsletter presents results from an evaluation of the Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco and Tobacco Addiction Recovery (PACT/TAR) program. Related publications: Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 1 Evaluating the Saskatchewan
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Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 2

  This newsletter presents summary findings on tobacco use, cessation, prevention and protection from the Comprehensive Mid-Term Strategy Progress Report (the Mid-Term Report). The information presented provides an overview only. Related publications: Evaluating the Saskatchewan
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Youth Engagement and Tobacco Control in On-Reserve Aboriginal Communities

  This report summarizes findings from an evaluation of the Youth Action Alliance of Manitoulin Island (YAA MAN). The Youth Action Alliance (YAA) program was an Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (MHPS) youth engagement initiative that focused on youth engagement, smo
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Engaging Aboriginal Youth in Off-Reserve Communities: A Case-Study of MAKWA

  This report presents a formative evaluation of Making Aboriginal Kids Walk Away (From Tobacco Abuse) (MAKWA), an Aboriginal Youth Action Alliance (YAA) located off-reserve. The primary focus of the evaluation was to understand how to establish and operate an Aboriginal off-rese
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2011 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report – Full Report

  OTRU’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report provides a comprehensive review of the progress of the province’s tobacco control initiatives. Ontario’s investment in the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy is bearing fruit. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act protects most Ontarians most
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2011 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report – Executive Summary

  OTRU’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Evaluation Report Executive Summary provides a synposis of the report’s comprehensive review of the progress of the province’s tobacco control initiatives. Related publications: 2011 Monitoring Report: Prohibition of Tobacco Sales In Spe
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Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2011 Monitoring Update

  Substantial government funding is necessary if tobacco control strategies are to be effective in reducing tobacco related illness and death. This update reviews the status of funding commitments for tobacco control in Ontario and other provincial, territorial and federal jurisd
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Litigation against the Tobacco Industry – 2011 Monitoring Update

  This update summarizes recent Canadian healthcare cost recovery lawsuits against the tobacco industry and litigation efforts related to contraband. International efforts are also reviewed, particularly those in the US, a global leader in litigation against the industry. Related
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Prohibition of Tobacco Sales In Specific Places – 2011 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease the physical availability of tobacco products. A key aspect of availability is outlet density, meaning how many places sell tobacco per unit of population or geographic a
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Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 1

  This newsletter presents a summary of the evaluation plan for the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy. Related publications: Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 2 Evaluating the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy – Issue 3 TIMS-SK
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Tobacco Taxes – 2011 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products in order to decrease their economic accessibility. This update summarizes the amount of tax on cigarettes and roll your own tobacco by provincial, territorial and federal jurisdiction. The levels of
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Evaluation of a Youth Engagement Initiative to Promote Healthy Choices (Volume 4 Number 1)

  This evaluation is an ongoing multiyear effort that supports learning throughout the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport youth engagement initiative from its initiation, through initial roll-out and full implementation. Related publication: Formative Evaluation of th
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Prohibition of Tobacco Sales In Specific Places – 2010 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease the physical availability of tobacco products. This Update discusses current legislation in Ontario and elsewhere about where tobacco products can be sold, and reviews re
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Tobacco Database Resources from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit – 2010

  The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit recently updated two tobacco database resources for the design and conduct of studies related to tobacco and tobacco control. The Directory of Public Use Data on Tobacco Use in Canada is designed to help researchers and students locate Canadian
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Litigation against the Tobacco Industry – 2010 Monitoring Update

  Litigation against the tobacco industry is any attempt to challenge the tobacco industry through judicial process. This update summarizes recent Canadian healthcare cost recovery lawsuits against the tobacco industry and litigation efforts related to contraband. International e
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Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2010 Monitoring Update

  Substantial government funding is necessary if tobacco control strategies are to be effective in reducing tobacco related illness and death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2007) recommends sustained tobacco control funding on a state-by-state basis,
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Protection from Secondhand Smoke – 2010 Monitoring Update

  There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition to causing heart disease, cancer and premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and ear infections i
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Tobacco Taxes – 2010 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products in order to decrease their economic accessibility. This Update reviews the current level of taxation on tobacco products in Ontario and other jurisdictions. Related publications: Protection from Sec
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Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2010 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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Impact of the Smoking Cessation System on Young Male Smokers

  This Special Report presents the results from an evaluation study that assessed the extent to which Ontario’s smoking cessation system meets the needs of young male smokers who are 19-29 years old. In 2008, young males had the highest prevalence of current smoking in Ontario; c
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On the Street: What Low SES Smokers Say About Smoking Cessation in Ontario (Volume 3 Number 4)

  This study evaluates the success of Ontario’s smoking cessation system in promoting and supporting quit attempts by low socio-economic status (SES) adult smokers. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Low SES Adult Smokers (Volume 3 Number 1) What Key Informa
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Low SES Smokers in Ontario: A Comparison on the Basis of Education (Volume 3 Number 3)

  This study evaluates the success of Ontario’s smoking cessation system in promoting and supporting quit attempts by low socio-economic status (SES) adult smokers. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Low SES Adult Smokers (Volume 3 Number 1) What Key Informa
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14th/15th Annual Monitoring Report: Indicators of Smoke-Free Ontario Progress

  Indicators of Smoke-Free Ontario Progress is the second report in the Monitoring and Evaluation Series. The main sections in this second report are organized according to Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy goals of prevention, cessation, and protection. The report presents surveillanc
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Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2009 Monitoring Update

  Substantial government funding is necessary if tobacco control strategies are to be effective in reducing tobacco related illness and death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2007) recommends sustained tobacco control funding on a state-by-state basis,
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Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2009 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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What Key Informants Say about Cessation Servicices For Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) Adult Smokers (Volume 3 Number 2)

  This study evaluates the success of Ontario’s smoking cessation system in promoting and supporting quit attempts by low socio-economic status (SES) adult smokers. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Low SES Adult Smokers (Volume 3 Number 1) Low SES Smokers
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Tobacco Taxes – 2009 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products in order to decrease their economic accessibility. Surveys of Canadian adults show a positive relationship between higher cigarette price and the odds of being a nonsmoker and of smoking less. Youth
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Prohibition of Tobacco Sales In Specific Places – 2009 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease the physical availability of tobacco products. A key aspect of availability is outlet density, meaning how many places sell tobacco per unit of population or geographic a
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Protection From Secondhand Smoke – 2009 Monitoring Update

  There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition to causing heart disease, cancer and premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and ear infections i
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