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Health Minister to go after tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson is sending a warning that he will be going after the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco.

Ferguson made the declaration this morning during a stakeholder consultation at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

The meeting is part of this week’s Needs Assessment exercise being undertaken jointly with officials of the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

And tackling the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco among the major areas of focus for implementation as part of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The Health Minister says the banning of direct and indirect sponsorship, advertising and promotion is of great concern especially given the increase in the prevalence of young people initiating smoking at a very early age.

Ferguson reported that Jamaica is also moving to put in place comprehensive Tobacco Control Legislation and a National Coordinating Mechanism to move the process of compliance forward in a systematic way.

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