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Jamaica: Work On Tobacco Control Bill Progressing Well

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Tobacco Control Bill is progressing well. The Minister told JIS News that he has seen “progress” in the submissions from several interest groups and that the manufacturing company, Carreras Group, is scheduled to...

Jamaica: Proposals made for Tobacco Bill to limit public sector/business links

PROPOSED limitations on interaction between public bodies/personnel and tobacco products companies raised temperatures at yesterday's meeting of a joint select committee reviewing smoking regulations. The limitations included in Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) states: “In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco...

The Epidemic That Kills Over Eight Million People

The Government of Jamaica has drafted a Tobacco Bill, which will be introduced and debated in Parliament in the coming weeks. The bill aims at protecting Jamaicans from the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to smoke. We expect a robust discussion from the deliberations of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament and...

Government urged to impose health levy on tobacco products

Islamabad : Society for Protection of Rights of the Child (SPARC) held a press conference, at National Press Club here on Wednesday, to recall government about the health levy bill which was passed by the cabinet in 2019 and is yet not implemented. Health activists have been pleading FBR and Health Ministry over the imposition...

Tobacco Control Bill to help address NCDs, says Tufton

MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton on Tuesday tabled in Parliament the Tobacco Control Bill, the acceptance into law of which is to help address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) affecting Jamaica. NCDs – including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes – are caused by four major behavioural risk factors,...