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Smoking ban regulations to be tabled in Parliament next week

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Government has indicated that the controversial Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations governing the July 15 ban on smoking in public spaces will be tabled in Parliament next week.




Leader of Government Business, Phillip Paulwell, gave notice of the move after Opposition Spokesperson on Health Dr Ken Baugh introduced a motion calling for parliament to debate the regulations and for it to be submitted to the Human Resource and Social Development Committee for review.



There have been mounting calls for the regulations to be debated by lawmakers with persons saying they are too draconian.



On the weekend, Government Senator K.D. Knight said he was prepared to mount protests against the new law if it is not brought to the Parliament.



Meanwhile, attorney General Patrick Atkinson has described as a smokescreen, criticisms of the recently imposed ban on smoking in public spaces.



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