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  • November 11, 2022 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Protection from exposure to tobacco product use has been one of the main pillars of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Dr. Kaufman will reflect on her experiences and observations conducting research and evaluation to inform smoke-free policy initiatives while working with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit over the past 22 years. She will explain the rationale for protecting people from exposure to tobacco, review progress on smoke-free policy initiatives over the years, and discuss remaining policy gaps and opportunities.

Bio: Dr. Pamela Kaufman is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a Scientist with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU). Pam holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a PhD in environmental design. Since 2000, she has been working in tobacco control research and evaluation. Her research primarily focuses on physical and social exposure to tobacco use and other substances in public spaces and multi-unit housing, and the impacts of smoke-free policies on smoking behaviour.

Suggested readings:

Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2017. Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Evidence to guide action: comprehensive tobacco control in Ontario (2016). Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2017. Protection Chapter: pp. 192-197

Semple S, Dobson R, O’Donnell R, et al. Smoke-free spaces: a decade of progress, a need for more? Tobacco Control 2022;31:250-256.