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Further amendments to come on smoking ban regulations
2013-09-14 10:38:31 | (0 Comments)
Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has indicated that further amendments are to be made to the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations, 2013.
Dr Fenton Ferguson - File
Dr. Ferguson said a team is evaluating feedback on the regulations and he expects to bring those recommendations to Parliament in a few weeks.
He made the disclosure while addressing a health conference in New Delhi, India yesterday.
The government imposed a ban on smoking in public spaces on July 15 and two weeks later minor changes were made to the regulations.
The health minister had indicated that further consultations would be held with stakeholders to see if there is need for any further adjustments.
Dr. Ferguson told the conference that the government is committed to the smoking ban and there are no plans to back track on its stance.
He added that the regulations are important especially since conventional public health messages about the risks associated with tobacco smoking have not been a deterrent.
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