- About OTRU
- Research and Evaluation
- Online Tools
- Resource Centre
These are some of the findings highlighted in this year’s Strategy Monitoring Report. This report presents evaluative information about the activities and results of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy and describes Strategy infrastructure and interventions, analyzes population-level changes, and explores the contributions of interventions.
Visit the 2017 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report page to download the full report, executive summary, separate chapters or the infographic posters.
Ontario’s ban on menthol flavouring in tobacco was one of the first internationally. OTRU is evaluating the impacts of this cutting edge regulation. The ban on menthol in tobacco products was found to be associated with quitting behaviour, and potential substitution by other flavoured products. However, there was no increase noted in use of contraband tobacco. Read more…
This newsletter presents the evidence of smoking cessation interventions in Indigenous populations, and smoking cessation programs targeting indigenous populations in Ontario. There is evidence that cessation interventions can be effective in Indigenous populations, although there is an overall lack of evidence about how best to employ interventions, and about whether tailoring them to the population is necessary or beneficial. More research on community-driven cessation interventions for Indigenous populations is necessary. Read more…
This newsletter provides an overview of OTRU’s Knowledge and Evaluation Support initiative and highlights one project supported by this initiative: the That’s Risky social marketing campaign. This campaign’s main objective was to increase awareness that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke during breast development increases the risk of breast cancer at a younger age. An evaluation conducted by OTRU supported the success of this campaign.. Read more…
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.
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.