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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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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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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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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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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What Effect Does Tobacco Taxation Have on Contraband? Debunking the Taxation – Contraband Tobacco Myth

  Research demonstrates that many factors are associated with contraband tobacco use, including: easy access, misconceptions about “legal” purchase of cigarettes from First Nations’ Reserves, insufficient enforcement and penalties, and organized criminal activity. It is frequentl
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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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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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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 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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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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Smoking Cessation Activities in Ontario Hospitals: Survey Results

  The Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (MHPS) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) recently launched an initiative aimed to enhance cessation support to hospital patients with chronic diseases. As a first step, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU), in
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Retail Display of Tobacco Products – 2010 Monitoring Update

  Retail display refers to the visible presence of tobacco products and accessories at the point of sale. The tobacco industry uses powerwalls, countertop displays, signage and product accessories like brand-name lighters to communicate with customers. The impact of retail displa
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