Jamaica bans smoking in public places

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No smokingIn a matter of weeks, smoking in public places in Jamaica will be considered a criminal offence, according to that country’s Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson,

Dr Ferguson announced Tuesday, that come July 15, smoking in public places is banned.

It will include enclosed spaces, government buildings, health facilities and educational facilities.

In the case of first offenders, that individual will face a fine, not exceeding JAM$50,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months.

The minister said that the move is expected to reduce the number of children who get into the habit and protect those who are exposed to second hand smoking.

He argued that Jamaica has signed the framework convention on tobacco control from 2003 and the time has come for the country to comply with
international standards.

Dr  Ferguson mas making his contribution to the 2013 sectoral debate in the lower house.