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Smoking regulations will help Jamaica's development, says Ferguson

Published:Friday | October 25, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says the public smoking regulations passed this year will help to move Jamaica towards developed country status.



Ferguson argues that health and development are two sides of the same coin and that a healthier population is a move in the right direction in relation to meeting Jamaica’s National Development Goals.



And the health minister says the tobacco control regulations will help to improve the health of persons through the reduction of the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.



He notes that the country spends billions each year on addressing the ills caused by the effect of tobacco smoke.



According to Ferguson, the direct and indirect cost of tobacco use and exposure is estimated to be between $750 million and US$1.3 billion.



Ferguson was speaking this morning at the launch of a Jamaica National Building Society’s Health and Wellness event in Kingston.



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