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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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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Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario, Canada: 2004-2014

  Movies are a powerful vehicle for promoting tobacco use. Higher exposure to tobacco in movies increases the uptake of smoking among youth and undermines tobacco prevention efforts. This Special Report examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exposure among Ontario youth, and est
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Raising the Minimum Age for Access to Tobacco to 21

  The majority of smokers begin smoking in their teens or early twenties. Raising the legal age of access to tobacco to age 21 has the potential to impact positively on future smoking prevalence and health outcomes. This update outlines reasons to consider raising the minimum age, rev
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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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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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OTRU Research on the Use and Impact of Electronic Cigarettes

    Public debate abounds about e-cigarettes, their promotion, sale and use; concerns over youth uptake; the potential for renormalization of smoking; their effectiveness as a cessation aid; and their health impacts. OTRU, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental H
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Exposure to Onscreen Tobacco in Movies among Ontario Youth, 2004-2013

  Smoking in movies is a cause for smoking initiation and progression to regular smoking among youth. Higher exposure to onscreen tobacco increases the uptake of smoking among youth and undermines tobacco prevention efforts. This report examines the extent of onscreen tobacco exp
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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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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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Evaluation of the Risk-Based Enforcement Pilot: A Risk Categorization Model for Youth Access to Tobacco, Interim Report

  Since 1994, it has been illegal to sell or supply a tobacco product to a person under the age of 19 in Ontario. Enforcement of the youth access restriction has been ongoing since that time. This special report explores how well a risk categorization model is working for youth a
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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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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 and Public Health: From Theory to Practice Final Report – Phase 2

    This report describes the course enrolment, participant profiles, completion of module tests, test scores and feedback to date. Each module is described individually, followed by a brief summary comparing all three modules. Course strengths and opportunities are highligh
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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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Waterpipe Smoking: A Growing Health Concern

  Waterpipe (hookah) use is increasing globally. This update reviews recent data that provide an indication of level of use in Canada, summarizes evidence suggesting that waterpipe smoke is at least as toxic as cigarette smoke and points to serious health risks associated with re
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Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario: A Report of the Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee

  The Smoke-Free Ontario-Scientific Advisory Committee (SFO-SAC) report, Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario, outlines exciting new evidence-informed approaches to moving tobacco control to the next critical stage. Included are innovative strategies
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Building On Our Gains, Taking Action Now: Ontario’s Tobacco Control Strategy for 2011-2016

  This is the report of the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group, established by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport in March 2009, to inform the Ontario Government’s New Directions in Tobacco Control 5-year plan. The recommendations for a comprehensive tobacco control strategy
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The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge through Public Health Networks

  In Canada, tobacco control practices, programs and policies occur at the national, provincial and local levels. While federal, provincial and territorial governments play an important role through the provision of strategic direction and funding and the development of programs
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Survey on Tobacco Control Activities in Canada’s Public Health Units and Health Regions: Survey Results Report

  This report presents the findings of a survey on tobacco control activities in Canada’s public health units and health authorities. The report explores successful tobacco control practices, programs and policies relating to prevention, cessation, protection and enforcement at t
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Formative Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: Comprehensive Report

  This is the fourth in a series of reports about the formative evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). The design of the formative evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act comprises four components that include a province-wide compliance survey of tobacco vendors and pu
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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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13th Annual Monitoring Report: Toward a Smoke-Free Ontario: Progress and Implications for Future Developments

  Drawing upon material in the first two reports in this series, the third report assesses the progress made toward the overall goals of the strategy and discusses the implications of findings for future advancements in tobacco control. Related publications: 13th Annual Monitorin
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13th Annual Monitoring Report: Number 2: 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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Formative Evaluation of the Youth Action Alliance (YAA) Program

  The Youth Action Alliance program (YAA) is a key component of Smoke-Free Ontario youth prevention programming. This Special Report, produced by members of OTRU’s evaluation team, provides a formative evaluation of the YAA program including a description of its implementation, a
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12th Annual Monitoring Report: Progress Toward a Smoke-Free Ontario (2005-2006) and Implications for Future Developments

  This report highlights project activity and summarizes key indicators of progress towards Smoke-Free Ontario’s goals, and concludes by considering the implications of the evidence. This report considers evidence that is presented in more detail elsewhere, particularly Rep
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Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2007 Monitoring Update

  As part of the goal area of prevention, comprehensive tobacco control policy includes restrictions on youth access to tobacco products. Age-related tobacco legislation is a means of curtailing the availability of tobacco to a demographic group which is particularly vulnerable t
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Support for Tobacco Retail Display Bans in Ontario

  Bans on the display of tobacco products at the point of sale are expected to result in decreased rates of smoking initiation among young people, decreased rates of smoking in the general population and fewer relapses among quitters. This update reviews progress in legislation t
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What’s New with OTRU’s Online Course Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice

  The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s free online course, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice, provides comprehensive, evidence-based information on tobacco control science, policy and practice to the Canadian tobacco control community. This Update outlines new cou
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