A national tobacco control bill has been drafted, and includes comprehensive smokefree provisions that are compliant with the FCTC. It has been debated in Parliament and was due to be re-introduced in March 2009.
Many public places already have smokefree policies – e.g. government buildings, hospitals, educational institutions, shopping centers. The Caribbean Games (an Olympic venture) will be held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and will be smokefree.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society – organising a few “Smokefree T&T” initiatives.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – are helping the National Tobacco Control Committee to develop a National Tobacco Control Plan.
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
PAHO produce public education literature.
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Funding for effective public education campaigns to improve public awareness of the benefits of smokefree policies. TTCS depends on government and private funding which is being affected by the global economic downturn.
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
Campaigns by NGOs, such as PAHO
The West Indian Tobacco Company, which is based in Trinidad and Tobago, undermines the efforts of NGOs. It has also gained the support of bars, clubs and supermarkets in opposing tobacco control measures.
Lack of funding.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
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