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Smoking ban implementation criticised by Jamaica Chamber of Commerce

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2013 | 5:52 PM

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) says current adjustments to the regulations governing the ban on smoking would have been unnecessary if the Government had done consultations before its implementation.



Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has been criticised for not taking the regulations to Parliament, though he acted within his powers by not doing so.



The JCC says if there had been consultations before implementation, all stakeholders would have been able to make their views known and the required adjustments could have been made.



However, the JCC is commending the Health Ministry for its willingness to engage stakeholders in the business community and to clarify the definitions of key terms in the regulations.



It says coming out of the just-concluded consultations, businesses will be allowed to establish clearly-designated un-enclosed areas for their smoking patrons.



The organisation says it is fully supportive of the underlying objective of protecting non-smokers from the effects of second-hand smoke.



Yesterday was the last day for public submissions on the regulations.



The Health Minister has insisted the ban on smoking will remain in place.



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