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Oppressive! K.D. wants anti-smoking law reviewed

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer



Government Senator K.D. Knight has described as oppressive the recent anti-smoking regulations that have been implemented by his Government.




The former government minister and member of parliament is calling for a revision of the law which took effect last Monday, 20 days after Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson announced the ban in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament, June 25.



While addressing Peoples' National Party supporters at a function in Old Harbour, St Catherine yesterday evening, Senator Knight described aspects of the regulations as “rubbish”.



He said it was impractical to imprison people for smoking in their yards as it may be deemed a workplace. He argued further that it was wrong to imprison persons guilty of a third offence, as this did not apply to smokers of marijuana, which is an illegal substance.



Knight said the initiative to implement the ban on smoking is good, but it had been implemented wrongly. He said the regulations should be debated in parliament.



According to Knight, if the law is to remain as is, the country may need to construct additional prisons. He said the legislation would affect the country economically and culturally.



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