Important Tobacco Legislation Being Tabled in Ontario

Legislation is being introduced today in Ontario to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes and the sale of flavoured tobacco. More information can be found here:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/24/ontario-liberals-move-to-ban-e-cigarettes-in-restaurants-and-public-buildings-and-outlaw-vapour-lounges/

Plain Tobacco Packaging

Interesting information from the Canadian Cancer Society regarding the role of plain tobacco packaging and its impact on cessation rates:

http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1182361/new-call-made-for-plain-tobacco-packaging/

Update to Chantix's Labelling

Interesting news out of the States regarding the possibility that the suicidality warning may be removed from Chantix (known as Champix here in Canada). Recent studies have failed to show a connection between Chantix use and suicidality. Follow this link for more information:

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/09/24/new-fda-label-bolsters-safety-case-for-chantix

Potential Smoking Ban in Toronto Apartment Buildings

Here is a link to an article by Global News about banning smoking in Toronto apartment buildings. No smoking in multi-unit dwellings is a hot topic in tobacco regulation at the moment. Some municipalities are further along in regulating this than others:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1565053/growing-movement-to-ban-smoking-in-toronto-apartment-buildings/

Smoking Ban in Social Housing

Kirkland lake has introduced a smoking ban in and around social housing developments with overwhelming support from current tenants. Many municipalities around the province have introduced, or are considering introducing, this type of smoking ban. Does anyone have experience with implementing such an initiative? What has your experience been? More information about the Kirkland Lake experience can be found in this article:

Flavoured Tobacco Products

An interesting article passed along by my colleague about the regulation (or lack thereof) of flavoured tobacco products in Ontario: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/how-big-tobacco-skirts-ottawa-s-ban-on-flavoured-cigarettes-1.2709223

Smoking Cessation and Mental Health

For those of you interested in more information in regards to counselling and treating tobacco-dependent clients with mental health concerns, CAMH will be hosting a webinar on this topic on July 23rd, 2014 between 12pm-1pm. More information can be found here: https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/English/teach/Pages/Apply-Online.aspx

Webinar Opportunity

For those of you interested in more information about the health hazards of hookah use, Public Health Ontario will be presenting a webinar entitled "Air quality and exposures in water pipe caf├ęs: A new urban hazard". The webinar will be held tomorrow, June 24th 2014 at from 12-1pm.

Access to Free Bupropion and Varenicline

For those of you who have clients that would like to try Zyban or Champix to assist in their quit attempt but cannot afford the cost, CAMH is currently enrolling particpants into an internet based study to examine the real-world effectiveness of these medications with regard to smoking cessation.

Text2Quit

Results of a study looking at text messaging as a smoking cessation aid were released last week in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study examined the effect of a text-based cessation intervention in the United States called "Text2Quit". Although more research is required, results of the study found that by the trial's end 11% of patricipants in the texting group were tobacco-free versus 5% in the group who received self-help material alone.

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