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Using baseline data from Smokers’ Panel, this study explored gender differences in the use of smoking cessation services and resources. The study found that female smokers were more likely to use the nicotine patch, varenicline, Smokers’ Helpline phone and online programs, self-help materials and alternative methods, as well as a combination of these services/resources when trying to quit or reduce smoking. Health professionals should leverage this willingness of female smokers to accept assistance and routinely provide specific but strategic advice and pharmacotherapy to help them quit smoking. More research is needed to understand how programs and services can target males to increase the likelihood of them utilizing these programs. Smokers’ Panel is an ongoing online survey of Ontario adult smokers and recent quitters administered by OTRU.
Our new module on e-cigarettes complements existing modules in the OTRU online course, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice. The module outlines what is currently known about vaping and vaping devices, with details describing product characteristics, regulation, health effects and secondhand exposure. Given the recent expansion of vaping products, this information is critical for public health professionals, policymakers and cessation practitioners.
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.
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.