Upcoming Webinar: Quitting Cigarette Smoking after a Menthol Ban: Results from Ontario
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 11am-12pm EST
In the past two years Ontario, along with other provinces, has been implementing world-leading regulations on restricting flavours in tobacco products including menthol, but how well have these policies been working? Many countries around the world, including the United States, are considering implementing menthol restrictions and results from the Canadian experience may be influential. This webinar presents the results of evaluations of these regulations using wholesale sales data reported to Health Canada, and a long-term cohort of menthol smokers assessed before and after the ban, presenting the first long-term evaluation of the effects of a menthol ban. For more information, and to register, visit our Events page.
Watch Again: E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Webinar
Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent webinar “E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. The webinar and presentation deck is now available to view. Watch below or check our Webinar Archives page for links and more information.
Direct Healthcare Cost by Smoking Status Among Ontario Adults
Using Ontario Tobacco Survey data (a representative sample of Ontario adults) linked with health administrative data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, we found a significant interaction effect between age and smoking status on direct healthcare costs. Current smokers cost the healthcare system much more than never and former smokers after the age of 70. Findings from this study suggest that quitting, even at advanced ages, can help reduce healthcare costs.
Youth and Young Adult Vaping in Canada
As part of the Health System Research Fund, OTRU’s Research on E-Cigarettes and Waterpipe (RECIG-WP) grant has established a Youth and Young Adult Panel Study to help understand what happens over time to young people who vape. In March 2018, 1049 Canadian youth and young adults were recruited from social media and a recontact list from the Leave the Pack Behind initiative. Study participants are being contacted over eighteen months. By design, almost 60% of respondents were regular vapers (those vaping at least weekly in the past four weeks); 26% were non-regular vapers and 17% were never vapers. At baseline, 88% of Canadian youth and young adults reported social exposure to vaping in the past 7 days, with regular vapers more frequently exposed than non-regular vapers. Regular vapers were also more likely to be current cigarette smokers, and use cannabis, alcohol and waterpipe. Longitudinal data will soon begin to provide a picture of how regular and non-regular young vapers progress over time.
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.