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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Evidence to Inform Smoking Cessation Policymaking in Ontario

  This OTRU Special Report provides evidence to inform the development of Ontario’s smoking cessation strategy. The report states the general case for smoking cessation, including the benefits of a comprehensive cessation system; presents a segmentation analysis of Ontario smoker
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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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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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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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A Model for Assessing Gaps in Smoking Cessation Systems and Services in a Local Public Health Unit

  In 2006, a vision for smoking cessation in Ontario was developed, providing a basis for evaluating the adequacy of the existing system. Those responsible for tobacco control need protocols to assess and plan local systems consistent with this vision. This Special Report present
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Protection from Secondhand Smoke – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Research shows there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Concentrations can be especially high in cars (Sendzik et al. 2008). In addition to causing heart disease, cancer and premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death sy
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Cessation Services in Simcoe Muskoka (Volume 1 Number 5)

  This series summarizes findings from a pilot study to test a systematic approach to understanding what cessation services are and are not available at local levels and assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive regional cessation system based on standards proposed by
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Cessation Services in Simcoe Muskoka (Volume 1 Number 4)

  This series summarizes findings from a pilot study to test a systematic approach to understanding what cessation services are and are not available at local levels and assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive regional cessation system based on standards proposed by
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Cessation Services in Simcoe Muskoka (Volume 1 Number 3)

  This series summarizes findings from a pilot study to test a systematic approach to understanding what cessation services are and are not available at local levels and assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive regional cessation system based on standards proposed by
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Trends in Public Support for Smoke-Free Workplaces, Restaurants and Bars in Ontario: 1998-2006

  Monitoring public support for restrictions on smoking may help policy makers make effective decisions about tobacco control policies that will benefit the community as a whole. This Update presents public opinion data on trends in support by Ontarians for smoke-free workplaces,
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Cessation Services in Simcoe Muskoka (Volume 1 Number 2)

  This series summarizes findings from a pilot study to test a systematic approach to understanding what cessation services are and are not available at local levels and assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive regional cessation system based on standards proposed by
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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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Protection from Secondhand Smoke – 2007 Monitoring Update

  There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. This Update outlines legislation to reduce or eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in various locations in Ontario. Protection from secondhand smoke in Ontario is comparable to that of other Canadian jurisdictions, excep
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Formative Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: Comparison of Baseline and Two Post SFOA Measurements

  This is the third in a series of reports about the formative evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). The design of the formative evaluation includes three province-wide compliance surveys of randomly selected tobacco vendors and public places (restaurants and bars): on
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Cessation Services in Simcoe Muskoka (Volume 1 Number 1)

  This series summarizes findings from a pilot study to test a systematic approach to understanding what cessation services are and are not available at local levels and assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive regional cessation system based on standards proposed by
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Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2007 Monitoring Update

  Substantial and stable funding on the part of government is a necessary condition for an effective tobacco control strategy. Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, Ontario has substantially increased funding commitments dedicated to tobacco control. This Update reviews levels o
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Formative Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: Comparison of Baseline and Post-SFOA Measurements

  This is the second in a series of reports about the formative evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). The design of the formative evaluation includes three province-wide compliance surveys of randomly selected tobacco vendors and public places (restaurants and bars): o
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The Performance Indicators Monitoring System (PIMS)

  In response to the demand for accountability and performance management information, OTRU is developing a performance reporting system. This Update describes the development of the Performance Indicators Monitoring system (PIMS). PIMS is designed for the ongoing collection, ana
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