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New Resource--Evidence Briefs from Public Health Ontario

Evidence Brief: Impacts of Standard Drink Labelling

Alcohol consumption is highly prevalent, daily consumption is increasing, and a sizeable proportion of the population is engaged in harmful alcohol use. As part of a national alcohol strategy, Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRADG) were released in November 2011 to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce both short- and long-term alcohol-related harms. Providing standard drink labelling on alcohol containers (i.e., specifying the number of standard drinks per container of alcohol on alcohol containers) may assist drinkers with consuming alcohol within the specified drink limits of the LRADG. This Evidence Brief asks: What is the evidence regarding the impacts of standard drink labelling?

Evidence Brief: Communicable disease impacts of sharing electronic-cigarettes with drip tips

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery powered devices that generally use a heating element to vaporize liquid solution in the replaceable cartridge into an aerosol which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece by the user. It is apparent that devices that come in contact with the mouth are candidate sites for harbouring microbial growth, and that sharing of such equipment may increase the risk of virus and pathogen transmission. This Evidence Brief asks: Is there a risk of contaminating the inside of the e-cigarette and/or disease transmission among clients who share the same e-cigarette with drip tips?