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Guyana Successfully Passed Tobacco Control Bill

The National Tobacco Bill No. 5 of 2017 was passed in the National Parliament of Guyana on July 27th, 2017.

According to reports from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the legislation seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke;

According to reports from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the legislation seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to prevent tobacco use by minors; to protect workers and the public from exposure to tobacco smoke; to prevent exposure of the public, especially minors, to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; to enhance public awareness of the hazards of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to ensure that every person is provided with effective health warnings about the harms of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; to regulate the tobacco industry, its products and sales; to protect public health policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry; and to provide for other related matters.

Leading the process for the presentation of the Bill was Honourable Ms Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health. In her presentation, Minister Lawrence established that the Bill seeks to provide for the adoption of and implementation of tobacco control policies, with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to which Guyana acceded since September 2005.

Other speakers included Ministers Karen Cummings, George Norton, Catherine Hughes, Annette Ferguson; and Members of Parliament Mr. Charrandas Persaud and Jermaine Figueira. It is anticipated that the Bill will be ready for full implementation in the next nine months.

Witnessing the passage of the Bill was Dr. William Adu-Krow,PAHO/WHO Representative Guyana, Mrs Rose Nathan of the Tobacco Free Kids Initiative , USA: Ms Kesaundra Alves, Attorney-at-Law responsible for the drafting of the tobacco legislation and Ms. Karen Roberts, Specialist, Non-Communicable Diseases and Family Health, PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office. Support for the finalization of the Bill was provided by Mr. Charles-Fung-a-Fatt and other members of the AttorneyGeneral’s Chambers.

The link below for you to read the article published by Department of Public Information (DPI) GINA.

http://gina.gov.gy/the-tobacco-control-bill-passed-200000-fine-six-months-imprisonment-for-certain-transgressions-9-million-for-corporate-bodybusiness-guilty-of-breaches/

Source: PAHO Guyana

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