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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Emerging RECIG Results: Knowledge Synthesis and Adult Survey 6-Month Follow-Up

This newsletter focuses on the results from the health effects and patterns of use knowledge syntheses, analysis of Ontario survey data as well as preliminary results of the Adult Longitudinal Panel 6-month follow-up survey.
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Emerging RECIG Results: Youth and Young Adult Interviews

This newsletter, the fourth in a series from OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes (RECIG) project, focuses on the results of youth and young adult interviews and provides an update on RECIG’s Adult and the Youth and Young Adult Surveys.
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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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Responding to a Growing Need for E-Cigarette Research in Ontario

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU), in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has undertaken a multi-component research study of e-cigarettes. This project newsletter provides an update on our social media analysis, knowledge synthesis, adult longitu
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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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Introduction to RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes

This first OTRU RECIG newsletter provides updates on three ongoing RECIG study components: an ongoing knowledge synthesis; a report of findings from the most recent Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey; and an upcoming social media analysis. This newsletter also highlights oppor
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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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CCHS Data on Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Ontario: Provincial and Regional Estimates

  This update provides a brief overview of smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke in Ontario based on the findings of the recently released 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey. The last significant change in smoking prevalence was between 2008 and 2009 for the 12+
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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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Waterpipe Use in Ontario

  As waterpipe use has increased around the world, it has become a growing public health concern. This update examines the latest population survey data about the prevalence of waterpipe use in Ontario, patterns of use, beliefs and attitudes about use and its relationship to use
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Prohibitions/Restrictions on Flavoured Tobacco Products – 2013 Monitoring Update

  In recent years in Canada and in other countries, the tobacco industry has increasingly used flavours as part of a marketing strategy to make tobacco products more attractive, especially for youth and young adults. This update summarizes current legisation in Ontario, Canada, a
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Strategies Affecting Tobacco Vendor Compliance with Youth Access Laws: A Review of the Literature

Programs that effectively disrupt tobacco sales to minors have been shown to reduce smoking among youth. This report reviews the literature to identify the factors that are associated with vendor compliance and to explore the strategies and practices that positively affect tobacco ven
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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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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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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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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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Thirty Year Trends in Tobacco and Cannabis Use Among Ontario Youth

  This update presents data on the use and co-use of tobacco and cannabis among students over the past three decades using the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). OSDUHS is the longest ongoing school survey in Canada, and
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Analysis of the Young Adult Ontario Workforce

  The purpose of this report is to identify points of intervention for smoking cessation within the young adult Ontario workforce. Conclusions indicate which types of workplaces and which occupations to target interventions to reach a large number of young adults in traditionally
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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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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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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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Impact of the Smoking Cessation System on Young Male Smokers

  This Special Report presents the results from an evaluation study that assessed the extent to which Ontario’s smoking cessation system meets the needs of young male smokers who are 19-29 years old. In 2008, young males had the highest prevalence of current smoking in Ontario; c
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Trends in Student Smoking Give Reason for Cautious Optimism

  This update provides findings on the extent and patterns of tobacco use among Ontario students from the most recent OSDUHS report, Drug Use among Ontario Students, 1977-2009: Detailed OSDUHS Findings.
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Youth Action Alliances in Underserved Neighbourhoods

  This Special Report presents the results of a case study of the implementation of the Youth Action Alliance (YAA) Program in Toronto, selected because of the unique approach taken to recruiting youth. Using key informant interviews and focus groups with Peer Leaders, the report
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Contraband Use Among Ontario Youth

  This update is based on excerpts from the tobacco summary section of the report, Drug Use among Ontario Students, 1977-2009: Detailed OSDUHS Findings. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) is the longest ongoing school
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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 Young Men on the Street Say About Smoking Cessation (Volume 2 Number 4)

  This series reports on an evaluation study to assess quitting behaviours of young male smokers and the extent of cessation services available to them in Ontario. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Young Men (Volume 2 Number 1) What Key Informants Say About
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OTRU Survey Tracks Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Young Men (Volume 2 Number 3)

  This series reports on an evaluation study to assess quitting behaviours of young male smokers and the extent of cessation services available to them in Ontario. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Young Men (Volume 2 Number 1) What Key Informants Say About
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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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What Key Informants Say About Cessation Services for Young Men (Volume 2 Number 2)

  This series reports on an evaluation study to assess quitting behaviours of young male smokers and the extent of cessation services available to them in Ontario. Related publications: Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Young Men (Volume 2 Number 1) OTRU Survey Tracks Smoking an
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Smoking and Quitting Behaviours of Young Men (Volume 2 Number 1)

  This series reports on an evaluation study to assess quitting behaviours of young male smokers and the extent of cessation services available to them in Ontario. Related publications: What Key Informants Say About Cessation Services for Young Men (Volume 2 Number 2) OTRU Survey
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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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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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