WHO team to assess Ja's tobacco control compliance
A five-member team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is expected to arrive in Jamaica today to conduct a joint needs assessment and examine the progress towards achieving the objectives of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The team from the Convention Secretariat of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will be in Jamaica until August 22.
In 2003, Jamaica signed the tobacco control convention and in 2005, it ratified the treaty.
The assessment comes as Jamaica prepares to put in place comprehensive tobacco control legislation in as part of its commitment under the Convention.
Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says during the week, discussions will be undertaken with key stakeholders, including, representatives of Government Ministries, international organisations and development partners.
August 16 was the deadline for businesses to ensure that they are fully compliant with the government’s anti smoking regulations.
The Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations among other things, set guidelines for the advertising of tobacco products and their packaging and labelling.
The health ministry says it will be working with the police to ensure the regulations are adhered to.
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