Smoking at venues - Regulate smoking
THE EDITOR, Sir:
As companies operating in Jamaica seek to become compliant to the public health policy of 100 per cent smoke-free indoors, some guidance is required for them in the location of outdoor smoking areas.
Outdoor smoking areas should not be within 25 feet of doorways, windows, vents, air-conditioning units or in the access air path of a patron to the non-smoking area.
The member associations of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) would recommend that if a company wants to establish a smoking area outdoor that guidance be sought from reputable health-conscious sources, like Occupational Health and Safety Association and the World Health Organisation.
Let's clear the air. It is better to have 100 per cent smoke-free air for all patrons and employees indoors and outdoors. Why? Because this smoke operates like termites, insidiously weakening the air sac walls of the lung of both the smoker and second-hand smoker and increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer - largely preventable diseases, carrying bad prognoses, costly investigations, treatment and lead to premature suffering and death of resourceful persons.
As a business person, how would you design a smoke-free outdoor public place for 80 per cent of your non-smoking patrons and 20 per cent of other individuals who are addicted to smoke? How about totally separate outdoor areas like the east is far from the west, or go 100 per cent smoke-free outdoors?
ALDYTH BUCKLAND (MD)
Member of JCTC