Standards for Tobacco Control in the Caribbean

The Barbados Advocate reports that the Caribbean Tobacco Control Project, which operates in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago continues to rally Caribbean governments to implement the Graphic Health Warnings Standard on cigarette packaging sold within the respective Caribbean countries through the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) body.

Explaining that Caribbean states are continuing to offer support and assistance in achieving comprehensive tobacco legislation within countries across the region, Nadia Adams, tobacco control officer at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB), said that if this is proposal is implemented, “the graphic pictorials on all cigarette packing would illustrate the negative impact smoking has on persons.” She also stated that “The Project and the HSFB is also lobbying for higher taxes being placed on cigarettes because research shows that this has a positive impact on decreasing the consumption of cigarettes. Right now Barbados taxes the product 100 per cent but we are lobbying for 200-250 per cent.”

The objective of the project is to accelerate the adoption of Article 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by facilitating the work of the Governments in the four countries to place Graphic Health Warnings on cigarette packaging. Jamaica was mandated principally through its Ministry of Health, acting in concert with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, to spearhead the regional cigarette package labeling standard, and the process is ongoing.

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