The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, (JCTC), is taking issue with several activities which it argues amount to breaches of the framework convention for tobacco control.
Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco calls for legislative intervention concerning tobacco use
6:30 am, Sat January 7, 2017
It is also seeking urgent legislative intervention to deal with other forms of restrictions on the promotion of tobacco use.
Board Member, Deborah Chen, says close monitoring is needed because of the many ways in which the framework convention is being breached.
She argues that without proper regulation, tobacco use could be openly promoted and the risk increases for usage by young persons.
Meanwhile, the coalition is also seeking urgent legislative action to tackle certain types of advertising which it believes harm the public.
"Right now, in the absence of the comprehensive tobacco control legislation - we are pushing for the full comprehensive legislation to be done. We would like an update as to where the government is, in relation to that legislation because that is what will protect the public - particularly our youth as we are very concerned about them getting encouraged to start smoking," said board member for the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Deborah Chen.
And the government has indicated that by the end of this year, data from research currently being conducted will be available to guide its decision in finalising regulations.