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Cancer society welcomes move to enact tobacco legislation

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Yulit Gordon, executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, speaking at the press launch of the organisation's Relay For Life event at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on Wednesday.

The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) and its partner, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, have welcomed the efforts by the Government to enact comprehensive legislation in 2019 to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships.

Executive director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said that the long-awaited law would boost the country's efforts to discourage tobacco use.

She said that statistics showed that legislation of this nature was one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the demand for tobacco products.

Gordon was addressing a think tank held yesterday at the JIS head office in Kingston.


Greater warnings


Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in announcing the legislative measure recently, said, "it will require greater warning labels, which will do a number of things to get consumers clear in their minds what the consequences of consuming tobacco would be."

Gordon said that while there has been some compliance with the Tobacco Regulations of 2013, there continue to be breaches in relation to smoke-free environments.

"There have been reports of smoking in public places, and there are some establishments that still do not have the required 'no smoking' signs displayed.

"There needs to be greater enforcement of the regulations if we are to realise the full health benefits," she said.

Gordon said that such legislation is important as Jamaica continues to battle the effects of tobacco use on the health of the population.