Caribbean Countries Win Awards

Caribbean Countries Win Awards

CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES WIN AWARDS FOR TOBACCO CONTROL EFFORTS IN COSTA RICA FROM THE INTERAMERICAN HEART FOUNDATION (IAHF)

 

Three Caribbean nations, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago were represented at the 4th IAHF Latin American Conference on Tobacco or Health, held in San Jose Costa Rica, March 26-28, 2014. Jamaica and Suriname won awards for the work in tobacco control with respect to enacting strong tobacco control laws.

 

These awards were handed out at the closing ceremony of the 4th IAHF Latin American Conference on Tobacco or Health on Friday March 28th, 2014.

 

The two awards for Jamaica were specifically for the Ministry of Health and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica/Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (civil society) "For protecting the health of all Jamaicans with strong regulations against tobacco".  Suriname also received a similar award.

 

We are heartened by the advances made in tobacco control in the Latin American and Caribbean region over the past two years, most countries have now ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and several have enacted local tobacco control laws in alignment with the FCTC.

 

There are strong smoke free laws in many counties in the region as well as graphic health warnings on cigarette packs; however improvement is needed in the laws covering advertising and promotion of tobacco products and tobacco taxation.  Despite our successes, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to protect our citizens from the scourge of tobacco.

 

We look forward to Jamaica having comprehensive tobacco legislation in the near future.