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Gender Differences in Use of Smoking Cessation Services and Resources

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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.

New Online Course E-Cigarette Module

Now Available!

collection of ecigarettes and ejuice

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.

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2017 Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy Monitoring Report Released

Key Findings:
  • In 2015, 20% of Ontarians aged 12 years or older used tobacco products in the past 30 days including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and waterpipe
  • Tobacco control efforts resulted in only a 2.6 percentage point (statistically not significant) decrease in the prevalence of cigarette smoking over the five-year period, 2011 to 2015 (from 18% to 16.4%). At this rate, and with overall tobacco use at over 20%, Ontario will not reach the goal of less than 5% by 2035. This rate of decline also falls short of the five-percentage point decrease over five years called for in 2010 by the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group

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.

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.