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Did we change the law on cigarettes?

Monday, September 04, 2017

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Dear Editor,

A billboard advertising cigarettes is prominently positioned on Hope Road at the intersection with Ardenne Road.

Jamaica had banned all billboard advertising of cigarettes in 2005 — the same year it signed the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Did we reverse this?

What's even more interesting is that the billboard is prominently positioned just between the Police Officers' Club and Jamaica House. It's location seems ironic — an 'in-your-face' shot at both the political directorate, who drafted those regulations, and the police, who should be enforcing them.

Is the public being asked to believe that Cabinet members and others in Government who frequent Jamaica House are all ignorant of its presence? Or was the law changed?

Michael Nicholson





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