Jamaica

Background

Some buildings in the private sector are smokefree by voluntary measures. Ministry of Health, all healthcare buildings, and cinemas are smokefree.

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

A draft tobacco control bill has been prepared and is due to be tabled in early 2009. However, no dates for Parliamentary debate or passage into law have been given.

Smokefree resources available in 2009

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica www.heartfoundation.org.jm

Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control – the Jamaica Cancer Society, which is a member of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, is involved in smokefree campaigns.

Tobacco control groups.

Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials

With financial assistance from PAHO The HFJ/JCTC published two brochures (copies provided): (1)”Smoking Kills” is dedicated to second-hand smoke/smokefree environments, with youth-oriented language. (2) “Smoking is a Deadly Friend” (language aimed at older teens and adults) concentrates on harmful properties in cigarettes and includes examples of how dangerous secondhand smoke is. The local newspapers/other printed sources have published related articles, including the Minister of Health’s reiteration of the Government’s intention to ban smoking in public spaces.

Needs related to implementing smokefree policies

Funding is needed to establish a dedicated smokefree desk/office/programme (for Jamaica and the Caribbean region).

Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8

The fact that there is no indication when Parliament will debate the proposed tobacco control bill. The current global economic downturn has exacerbated Jamaica’s financial and social problems so that SFE/tobacco control legislation appears less significant than tackling those problems.

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