Jamaica – New tobacco control regulations enter into force

On 15 July 2013 Jamaica’s new Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations entered into force. The regulations, which are fully in line with the relevant provisions of the WHO FCTC, stipulate the use of rotating pictorial health warnings that cover at least 75% of each principal display surface of tobacco product packaging, among the largest in the world; ban misleading statements on packaging; and prohibit smoking in public places, including all enclosed public places and workplaces. They also specify the penalties for offences committed under the regulations.

More information is available from Sheryl Dennis, Ministry of Health, (dennisS@moh.gov.jm).

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