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Heart Foundation exec calls for responsible tobacco advertising

Published:Friday | May 31, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor

As countries observe World No Tobacco Day, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, is calling for companies involved in the sale and marketing of the product to control their advertising.

Chen says while the Heart Foundation is not lobbying for a complete ban on tobacco, companies such as Carreras Limited should ensure business is conducted responsibly.

Carreras Limited controls the majority of the tobacco market in Jamaica.

Chen is also urging the government and other companies to be mindful of the source of monetary contribution made by tobacco companies.

She insists that Corporate Social Responsibility should not be carried out to the detriment of public health.

Executive Director of the National Council of Drug Abuse Michael Tucker is cautioning parents against sending children to buy cigarettes as that practice often encourages smoking in the youth.

According to him, statistics show that about 20 per cent of children start to smoke at or before age10.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson is reiterating the government’s commitment to pass legislation banning smoking in public places by next year.

The Health Minister notes that the influence of powerful tobacco companies has created some difficulty in the fight against smoking.


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