Protecting the Health of JamaicansJamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control The Jamaican Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) reports that Jamaica recently had a needs assessment exercise with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). One of the recommendations was that the Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with civil society, continue to raise awareness of the protection of public health policy from vested interests of the tobacco industry among all government agencies and public officials.
In this article from the Jamaica Gleaner you will see where the Minister of Health, the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, restated his commitment to the enactment of comprehensive legislation including article 5.3 in keeping with the FCTC.
Since then the Minister of Health has been under siege from the tobacco industry, BAT/Carreras. They have taken out several full page ads in the national newspapers. The newspaper ads attempt to divide the parliamentarians on this issue by accusing the Minister of “publicly bringing the reputation of his colleagues and other public officials into disrepute". An article has also been written by the Jamaica Gleaner stating the BAT position that the Minister's "exclusion of persons representing the tobacco interests from the regulatory process or from engagement with those in authority tasked with regulating the tobacco industry is inconsistent with the WHO FCTC" (see attached). The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control has issued a press release giving full support to the Minister and the Ministry of Health as they work assiduously and courageously to enact comprehensive tobacco control legislation in Jamaica. Please contact
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