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Gasolene Retailers Association raises concerns about smoking ban

Published:Monday | July 1, 2013 | 5:06 PM

The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) is raising concern about the impending ban on smoking in public places.



The JGRA says the regulations need to be clarified to outline what is considered a public space.



The association also says the timeframe for the introduction of the ban is too short as business operators need time to adjust.



While noting that the JGRA supports the smoking ban in principle, association president Derrick Thompson says the government needs to ensure that the restriction does not adversely affect small businesses.



The smoking ban, which was announced by the health minister last week, takes effect on July 15.



Persons who breach the ban can be fined up to $500,000 or sentenced to six months in prison.



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