HAVING WATCHED his father die from tobacco-related cancer, South East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Richard Parchment has declared that there is nothing that can convinced him to put a cigarette to his mouth.
"I sit here as the son of a man who smoked two packs of cigarettes per day for close to 40 years. I sit here as the son of a man who I watched die as a result of smoking. I sit here as the son of a man whose family savings were decimated because of cancer care, and I understand what is happening," Parchment said.
The Government MP who was speaking during a sitting of the Human Resource and Social Development Commission of Parliament, said there were periods he could not go to school because family income was being used to support his father's cancer care.
"I understand that if you are an adult and you want to make a decision, you should be allowed to do what you want to do. But I am saying, if the smokers are in favour of the regulations, then I would want to go with the regulations," Parchment said.
The MP made reference to a presentation to the committee by the Ministry of Health, which indicates that 80 per cent of smokers are in favour of the smoking regulations.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, by the regulations, has imposed a ban on smoking in public places since July 15.
However, amid outcries, the House of Representatives has been asked to review the regulations, which among other things, impose a ban on smoking in all enclosed places, public transportation, workplaces, government buildings, health facilities, sports, athletics and recreational facilities, educational facilities, areas specifically for use by children, and places of collective use such as bus stops.