Recent Tobacco Control Measures do not Contradict Trade rules …Inter-Ministerial Group Concludes
|Monday, 07 April 2014 16:31|
Kingston - 4 April 2014
Left to right sitting: Professor, Georgetown University Law Centre, Dr. Benn McGrady, Consultant WHO, Ms Katherine DeLand, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, Consultant, WHO, Dr. Stella Bialous
They concluded that the recent measures adopted in Jamaica are in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The International Treaty ratified by Jamaica in 2005 mandates the introduction of tobacco control measures. Jamaica introduced Regulations placing a ban on smoking in specified public places in July 2013. In addition the Regulations call for graphic health warnings on 60% of the front and back surface of tobacco packages among other measures.
The Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Country Office in Jamaica hosted the Inter-Ministerial meeting on Tobacco and Trade at the Jamaica Pegasus, April 2 and 3, under the theme “A Call for Action”. Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson feels there is an imperative for joint action,
Dr. Ferguson says there is a link between government action and the FCTC mandate, “While it is obvious that it is the responsibility of the entire government to develop strategies to alleviate poverty and increase quality of life for its population, we do not always recognize how closely related these issues are to tobacco control”.
Dr. Bettcher will speak on Tobacco Control and National Development: A Global Perspective on Friday, April 4, 2014. The Public Lecture will be held at the University of the West Indies Mona, Campus, Faculty of Medical Sciences (Main Lecture Room) at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.