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World health body gives Ja thumbs up on smoking ban

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2013 | 12:30 PM

The World Health Federation (WHF) has congratulated Jamaica on what it says is the long-awaited Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations which bans smoking in public spaces.



The regulation took effect on Monday.



In a letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson and Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of the WHF Johanna Ralston says the move signal the country commitment to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.



Jamaica ratified the convention in 2005.



Ralston says enacting the legislation shows that Jamaica is capable of taking the bold steps that places health needs above commercial interest, which she adds is a necessary prerequisite to control the consequences of the non-communicable disease epidemic.



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