Smoking laws will remain

Published: Thu, Oct 24th 2013, 00:00


Kindly allow me some pertinent clarifications to matters raised in your Letter of the Day dated Monday, October 14, 2013 and titled: 'Ministry's smoking gun misfires'. The Ministry of Health, in its presentation to the Human Resource and Social Development Committee of Parliament on the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, on October 9, 2013, indicated that the direct and indirect cost of tobacco use is between US$750 million and US$1.3 billion. As we explained then, this is a crude estimate and aggregate numbers representing the economic burden of tobacco for the entire here to continue