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Carreras withdraws tobacco regulations challenge

Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 | 5:45 pm Comments 0

Local cigarette distributor Carreras Limited has withdrawn its legal challenge to the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013.

The Regulations set out a ban on smoking in public spaces and in the workplace and imposes requirements for the sale of tobacco products.

When the matter came up in court today, attorneys-at-law Stephen Shelton and Kerry-ann Heaven informed Justice Bryan Sykes that Carreras no longer wanted to pursue the matter.

Attorneys-at-law Carlene Larmond and Harrington McDermott represented the Minister of Health, who is a defendant in the claim.

The court was told that proposed amendments by the health minister as well as the recent report by the parliamentary committee that reviewed the Regulations have addressed concerns raised by Carreras in its claim.

The court was also told that the company and the Ministry of Health held discussions on the matter.

It was for those reasons that Carreras said it was withdrawing its claim.

The ban on smoking in public spaces and in the workplace was imposed on July 15.

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