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Government Advancing WHO Tobacco Control Measures

Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Dr. Haik Nikogosian, says broad Government input is necessary to ensure Jamaica’s full implementation of the FCTC’s provisions. The FCTC, which was adopted by the 56th World Health Assembly in 2003, comprises a set of universal standards…

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House Approves Amendments to Smoking Regulations

The House of Representatives has approved amendments to the regulations governing the ban on smoking in public places, which were recommended by the Human Resource and Social Development Committee of Parliament. A report from the Committee was submitted to the Lower House for debate and approval, on January 28. In…

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Jamaica to Pilot Project on Tobacco-Induced Disease

Jamaica will be a pilot site for a $20 million project aimed at determining the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is one of the leading tobacco-induced diseases. The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) Project will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the…

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British American Tobacco Settles Case Against MOH

The case brought against the Minister of Health by British American Tobacco through its local subsidiary Carreras has been settled. News came on Thursday morning as the parties squared off in the Supreme Court. In a quick reaction Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson welcomed the development, saying it…

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Health Minister Announces Proposed Changes to Tobacco Regulations

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has announced a number of proposed amendments to the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations, which came into effect on July 15, 2013. “In respect of breaches by individuals, fines will be lowered and persons found in breach of the Tobacco Regulations will not…

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Health Minister Supports Marijuana Use as Medicine

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says while the smoking of marijuana has serious implications for one’s health, he fully supports the use of the substance for medicinal purposes. “Jamaica can’t lock off itself from the rest of the world or the research findings that are available, that is…

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Ban on Public Smoking A Major Achievement – Cancer Society

Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), Yulit Gordon, is hailing the ban on public smoking as a major achievement for individuals and organisations, which have long agitated for such legislation. She noted that as a member of the Coalition for Tobacco Control in Jamaica, the JCS was very…

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Significant Decline in Asthma Admissions Since Smoking Ban

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says there has been a 20 per cent reduction in asthmatic admissions to hospitals since the imposition of the no smoking policy in specified public spaces. The ban was imposed on July 15, with the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations…

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