Cabinet has given approval for the Tobacco Industry Regulations Act to be repealed.
Information Minister Karl Samuda, says the decision follows the closure of the Tobacco Industry Control Authority, which was established by the Act.
This is in keeping with the recommendations of the Public Sector Transformation Unit.
Samuda, who was speaking at Wednesday's post-Cabinet media briefing, noted that Jamaica, which ratified the World Health Organization Framework of Cooperation on Tobacco Control in 1983, has been party to the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco since July 2005.
With the repeal of the Act, Jamaica will be one step closer to full compliance with the obligations under the Convention.