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Research & Evaluation
Strategy Evaluation

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New Online Course Module on Vaping

Coming Soon

This new module will complement existing modules in the OTRU online course, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice. The module will outline what is currently known about vaping and vaping devices, with details describing product characteristics, health effects, exposure, and social/physical impacts. Given the recent expansion of vaping products, this information is critical for public health professionals, policymakers and cessation interveners.

The new module will be available Spring 2018.

Vaping in Ontario: Preliminary Findings From RECIG-WP

Project Newsletter

This Project Newsletter summarizes current activities underway for the Research on E-cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP) study. We report key findings from our Point-of-Sale study, awareness of heat-not-burn products among recent smokers in Ontario, and the most prominent Google searches related to e-cigarettes. Read more….

Smoke-Free Ontario OTRU Scientific Advisory Group Evidence Update 2017

Special Report

This report updates the evidence statements from The Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee report, Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario (2016) (SFO-SAC 2016), with the most recent evidence from systematic literature reviews. This update adds recommendations on two new potential interventions: cessation in prisons and cessation among individuals living with HIV. It also suggests a change in the evidence statement for cessation in individuals with substance use issues from Undetermined to Promising Direction. Read more….

Online Course Data Updates: Protection

We’ve recently updated some key statistics for the Protection module, including indicators such as the percentage of individuals who report:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in public places
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke in homes and in vehicles
  • Support for banning smoking near entrances to public buildings, multi-unit dwellings, outdoor patios and public parks/beaches

If you’ve already started the Protection module, you might find it helpful to scroll back through the materials to view the updated statistics.

Visit the online course website

E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not To Vape?

Should non-smokers vape? Is vaping less harmful than smoking? Can smokers quit by using e-cigarettes?

More information about OTRU’s research on e-cigarettes can be found on our e-cigarette research page. You many also be interested in our review in N&TR. Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936.

Animation thanks to Dan DePeuter, Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Core Activities

Our research activities produce evidence-based knowledge that contributes to the development of effective and efficient program and policy initiatives for tobacco control in Ontario and elsewhere.
Knowledge Exchange
Our integrated program of knowledge translation and exchange includes ongoing communications with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other tobacco control stakeholders, and development and dissemination of a variety of knowledge translation and exchange resources.

Evaluation and Monitoring
Our work in evaluation examines the progress of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and assesses the contributions of individual interventions to overall tobacco strategy goals.
Capacity Building
We provide a variety of training opportunities because we recognize that involving students and graduates early in their careers is an essential strategy in developing the next generation of researchers and practitioners in tobacco control.