Ban on public smoking a major achievement - Cancer Society

Published: Tue, Nov 19th 2013, 00:00

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 instrumental as part of a team that worked to bring about the ban. "We have been experiencing first-hand the suffering of Jamaicans to the different types of cancer, and this ban has been a long time coming," she stated.

Gordon was speaking at a recent JIS think tank to mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in November.

The ban, which took effect on July 15 with the implementation of the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, has already yielded results.