Ferguson issues warning to smokers ignoring ban

Friday, August 09, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has issued a stern warning to people who he says persist in smoking in areas where the act is illegal.

“I know there are certain places where some people seem to believe that the smoking ban does not apply to them, but even in this time of consultation they must know that the law can be applied, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from,” Dr Ferguson said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the refurbishing and upgrade of the Claremont Health Centre in St Ann.

Dr Ferguson emphasised that the ban on smoking in specified places is in effect although the Police have been asked to concentrate on promoting awareness and giving warnings.

“But some people feel that they are above the law.”

He added that the period of consultation ends on August 13 and promised  “the full application of the law for those who continue to smoke in specified places where it is illegal to do so.”

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