One month left, Minister Ferguson

Published: Fri, May 31st 2013, 00:00

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally, being responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide, including non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.

Jamaica, despite having ratified the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in July 2005, has yet to fully satisfy its obligations under the treaty. We have failed to enact legislation to ban tobacco advertising and sponsorship, as well as smoking in public spaces, so as to protect our citizens from the many harmful effects of tobacco use.

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