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Lights out for smokers

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Smokers in Trinidad and Tobago will soon be stripped of their right to light up in public as they wish as a new law that seeks to curb the practice is to take effect this week.

In a release issued on the weekend, the health ministry said the Tobacco Control Act, which was passed two months ago, will come into force on a phased basis starting Wednesday.

Under the act, smoking in any enclosed public places is outlawed.

The health ministry said the new law was designed to protect people from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, especially children, babies and pregnant women, as well as preventing others from taking up the habit.

"It also seeks to prevent smoking by young people, especially children, to restrict promotional activities by tobacco manufacturers, enhance public awareness of the hazards of tobacco use, ensure that consumers are provided with sufficient information to make more informed decisions on using tobacco products and prevent illicit trade," the release added.