No waivers on smoking ban
Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Just a few days before the ban on smoking in public places takes effect, Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is insisting the government will not waiver.
Ferguson notes that there is a suggestion for the government to allow the use of smoking rooms, but he says this will not be accepted.
According to him, the government’s move is not an anti-smoking but a pro-health decision.
Ferguson argues that smoking poses too high a health risk to ignore.
He says six million persons worldwide have died from cigarette smoking and 600,000 from second-hand smoke.
He says it costs US$170 million annually to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, all of which can be linked to smoking.
The health minister was speaking last night at a public consultation in Spanish Town on the abolition of the no-user fees policy.
The ban on smoking in public spaces is to take effect on Monday, July 15.
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