Tobacco Cessation Practices and Services in Central West Ontario

  Tobacco cessation interventions by healthcare providers have been shown to significantly increase cessation rates. Three surveys were conducted in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to explore the state of tobacco cessation practices and services in the Central West Tobacco Control Area Netwo
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Research on Electronic Cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP)

  Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has grown exponentially and the use of waterpipes is on the rise, especially among youth and young adults. Concerns surround initiation of these products among youth and young adults, and the relationship of these products to tobacco cigar
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Commercial Tobacco Reduction in Indigenous Communities: 2017 Literature Update

  Smoking prevalence among indigenous groups globally often exceed that of non-Indigenous and settler populations in the same regions or nations. In 2016, OTRU published a systematic review on the efficacy of interventions to reduce commercial tobacco in Indigenous communities. T
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Environmental Scan of Workplace Tobacco Control Activities in Ontario Public Health Units

  This report provides the results of an environmental scan conducted by the Provincial Young Adult Prevention Advisory Group to identify tobacco-focused workplace activities (beyond the Smoke-Free Ontario Act) undertaken within the past 5 years or planned to be undertaken in the
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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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Public Health Unit Tobacco Use Cessation Services

  This Update provides a summary of the tobacco use cessation services provided at the local-level by all 36 Public Health Units across Ontario for the 2016 calendar year.
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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 Amended Toronto Smoke-Free Bylaws

  In collaboration with Toronto Public Health, OTRU conducted an evaluation of Toronto’s amended outdoor smoke-free bylaws. Findings suggest that the amended bylaws had a limited impact on smoking behaviour and exposure to secondhand smoke one year after implementation. Key succe
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Support for Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging Regulations in Ontario

  The Canadian government may be preparing regulations for plain and standardized packaging of cigarette products. This OTRU update examines the level of public support for plain packaging in Ontario, which is among the highest in the world. This high level of support suggests th
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Busting Myths About Smoking Cessation

  With limited population-level research, myths about smoking cessation persist. Research from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS) has improved our understanding of smoking cessation in the general population. Key facts and findings are summarized, including the frequency and number
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The Effects of Tobacco Control Mass Media Campaigns on the Cessation Behaviours of Ontario Smokers

Tobacco control mass media campaigns are a key element of comprehensive tobacco control strategies. Over the past decade, 94% of Ontario smokers were exposed to tobacco control mass media, general tobacco media stories, or pharmaceutical ads. Exposure to tobacco control mass media was
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Assisted and Unassisted Quitting: Do Immigrant Neighbourhoods Quit Differently?

Ontario has a diverse population with one third born outside Canada but little is known about how living in an immigrant neighbourhood affects smoking. Data from OTRU finds that Ontario smokers from neighbourhoods with high proportions of immigrants are less likely to use smoking cess
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Smoking Cessation Behaviours Among Older Adult Smokers in Ontario

In Canada, 9.1% of adult smokers are 65 years of age or older. They tend to be longer-term smokers, often with various health concerns and greater health care costs than nonsmokers their age. The majority of older smokers in Ontario are trying to quit but they need assistance. Health
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Neighbourhoods in Ontario: The Association with Attempts to Quit Smoking

Social cohesion is “the extent of connectedness and solidarity among groups in society”. In Ontario, high social cohesion increased the odds of making a quit attempt regardless of whether smokers lived in deprived or affluent neighbourhoods. Ontario public health organizations can fac
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RETRAC: Knowledge Forum Summary

This newsletter about the Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC) project includes an update on the RETRAC Knowledge Forum, which took place at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto in October, 2015. The RETRAC project is a joint initiative of
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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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RETRAC: Research Progress and Preliminary Knowledge Synthesis Findings

This newsletter about the Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC) project includes an update on research being conducted with exemplar communities and community-based research with Aboriginal communities in Ontario. Emerging findings from the p
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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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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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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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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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Research on Non-Traditional Tobacco Use Reduction in Aboriginal Communities (RETRAC)

  OTRU, together with the Well Living House at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), is studying how non-traditional tobacco use in Ontario’s Aboriginal communities can best be addressed through interventions. This update describes study methods including: a knowledge
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cessation Pathways: Exploring Opportunities for Developing a Coordinated Smoking Cessation System in Ontario (Volume 5 Number 1)

This newsletter presents a summary of early and emerging findings among a preliminary sample of survey and in-depth interview participants in the Cessation Pathways study. The information presented here provides a preliminary overview only and should be interpreted with caution.
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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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Tobacco-Free Sports and Recreation Policies

  The main goal of this evaluation was to explore the implementation and impact of TFSR policies within the sport of hockey in four Ontario public health units (PHUs) and examine the barriers and facilitators in TFSR policy implementation. This report is intended to serve as a pr
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