Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination: Tools and Technologies

  This document provides an Environmental Scan of Web 2.0 Technologies prepared by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit for the Canadian Public Health Association project The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge through Public Health Networks.
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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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Retail Display of Tobacco Products – 2009 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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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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Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Low SES Adult Smokers (Volume 3 Number 1)

  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: What Key Informants Say about Cessation Servicices For Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) Adult S
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Anti-Contraband Policy Measures: Evidence for Better Practice – Full Report

  This report is a knowledge synthesis of what is known about the contraband tobacco market globally and the policies in place to help curb it. Given the many different forms of contraband and the ease with which the source can change in response to policy, there is no single sol
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Anti-Contraband Policy Measures: Evidence for Better Practice – Summary Report

  This report provides a summary of a more extensive knowledge synthesis that presents information on a wide-range of tobacco anti-contraband measures, in an effort to ascertain the relative effectiveness of various policy measures for addressing contraband in Canada and around t
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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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Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control includes age-related restrictions on access to tobacco products. Youth access restrictions reduce the availability of tobacco to young people who, as a group, are known to be vulnerable to smoking initiation (Ahmad and Billimek 2007). The most comm
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Effects of Funding Cuts to Tobacco Control Programs

  Long-term comprehensive tobacco control programs are successful in preventing smoking acquisition and helping smokers quit, but there must be ongoing funding for sustained programming to maintain effects. This Update looks at the effects of funding cuts to tobacco control progr
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Tobacco Control Funding Commitments – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Substantial and stable 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 (2007) recommends sustained tobacco control funding on a state-by-state ba
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Prohibition of Tobacco Sales in Specific Places – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control policy includes prohibition of tobacco sales in specific places in order to decrease physical availability. Physical availability can be measured in terms of outlet density, meaning how many places sell tobacco per unit of population or geographic
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Tobacco Taxes – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products thereby decreasing their economic accessibility. Increased price of cigarettes has been shown to be effective in reducing smoking prevalence among young persons. For example, Carpenter and Cook (200
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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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Retail Display Of Tobacco Products – 2008 Monitoring Update

  Retail display is the visible presence of tobacco products and accessories at the point of sale. The tobacco industry uses powerwalls, countertop displays, signage and brand-name accessories like lighters to communicate with current, former and potential smokers. The impact of
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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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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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Contraband Cigarettes in Ontario

  This report documents the scope of the contraband cigarette market in Ontario and quantifies the extent of use and the financial impact on tax revenues of one source of contraband tobacco products – cigarettes purchased on First Nations reserves. The report also describes the c
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Tobacco Taxes – 2007 Monitoring Update

  Taxation is a policy tool used to increase the retail price of tobacco products thereby decreasing their economic availability. This update outlines Ontario’s commitment to raise taxes on tobacco products and compares the Ontario levels of taxation with other jurisdiction
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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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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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Prohibition of Sale of Tobacco Products in Specific Places – 2007 Monitoring Update

  Comprehensive tobacco control policy includes restrictions on the sale of tobacco from a range of retail sources.The purpose of this type of policy is to decrease the availability, promotion and use of tobacco products while at the same time encouraging tobacco product denormal
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Retail Display Bans of Tobacco Products – 2007 Monitoring Update

  The retail environment acts as an inducement to smoking not only by virtue of the physical availability of tobacco products but also by means of visual cues that signal, support, and normalize this availability.Recognizing the danger to public health posed by such visual cues,
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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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Exploring Innovative Models for Funding Tobacco Control Research

  The issue of tobacco industry funding of research is both important and controversial. It is important because of the science gaps and funding realities, and controversial because of past and current tobacco industry funding mechanisms have been used by tobacco companies as a m
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12th Annual Monitoring Report: Indicators of Smoke-Free Ontario Progress

  Indicators of Smoke-Free Ontario Progress is the second of three reports in this year’s Monitoring and Evaluation Series.The main sections in this second report have been organized according to Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy goals of prevention, cessation, and protection. The repo
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12th Annual Monitoring Report: The Tobacco Control Environment: Ontario and Beyond

  The Tobacco Control Environment: Ontario and Beyond is the first of three reports in this year’s Monitoring and Evaluation Series. This first report describes tobacco control initiatives in Canadian provinces and territories, especially those that took effect or were updated du
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Recall of Tobacco Control Mass Media Campaigns in Ontario

  Tobacco control mass media campaigns are key elements of comprehensive tobacco control strategies. In Canada, mass media campaigns have been identified as important components of both the Federal Tobacco Control strategy and the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy. This update discusse
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11th Annual Monitoring Report: OTS Progress and Implications

  This report is organized around the three objectives of the Ontario Tobacco Strategy (OTS) adopted by the OTS Steering Committee in 2003-2004. In each section of this report dealing with a Strategy goal, we consider the public health impact of project achievements, with attenti
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11th Annual Monitoring Report: Indicators of OTS Progress

  This report provides a presentation of quantitative data from a variety of surveys and other sources measuring recent progress in in the different goal areas of tobacco control in Ontario. Related publications: 11th Annual Monitoring Report: The Tobacco Control Environment: Ont
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Monitoring and Evaluation Update: Indicators of Ontario Tobacco Strategy Progress 2004-2005: Highlights

  This Update highlights indicators of progress in Ontario strategy goals of prevention, cessation, and protection reported in the 2004-2005 Monitoring and Evaluation Series.
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Research Priorities Identified by OTRU in Support of Ontario’s Tobacco Control Strategy

  With the help of many of our Investigators and Affiliates across the province, our Principal Investigator team began work in the summer of 2005 on a research plan to identify tobacco control questions and issues of priority that can be addressed through OTRU’s intramural and ex
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