Com­pre­hen­sive to­bacco leg­is­la­tion com­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE TO­BACCO leg­is­la­tion is com­ing next year, noted Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton. He said that the law will, among other things, re­strict to­bacco com­pa­nies from ad­ver­tis­ing in cer­tain set­tings.

“It will re­quire greater warn­ing la­bels, which will do a num­ber of things to get con­sumers clear in their minds what the con­se­quences of con­sum­ing to­bacco would be,” the min­is­ter said while ad­dress­ing the Lions Club of Kingston lun­cheon at The Ja­maica Pegasus ho­tel in New Kingston on Wed­nes­day.

Dr Tufton re­it­er­ated his call for Ja­maicans to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their health and well-be­ing by im­prov­ing the life­style choices they make.

“The ul­ti­mate pre­scrip­tion to ad­dress pre­ven­tion is for per­sons to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for them­selves and to ad­just their life­styles, their ac­tiv­i­ties, their be­hav­iour, in keep­ing with proper health and well­ness prac­tices,” he said.

He re-em­pha­sised the need for per­sons to en­gage in reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and eat a bal­anced diet in or­der to pre­vent and com­bat non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs), also called life­style dis­eases, such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion and obe­sity.

“Ja­maicans are in­creas­ingly at a greater risk of be­ing obese or overweight, the con­se­quences of which are life­style dis­eases that are ul­ti­mately caus­ing their demise. In­deed, over 70 per cent of deaths each year are ac­count­able to life­style-re­lated dis­eases,” he noted.

Dr Tufton cited data from the lat­est Ja­maica Health and Life­style Sur­vey, which show that one in three Ja­maicans is hy­per­ten­sive. It fur­ther re­veals that one in two Ja­maicans is overweight/obese; and one in eight per­sons is suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes.

Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton (cen­tre) con­vers­ing with Lions Club of Kingston mem­ber Deb­o­rah Chen; and first vice-pres­i­dent Robert Lawrence dur­ing the club’s lun­cheon, held at The Ja­maica Pegasus ho­tel in New Kingston on Wed­nes­day.

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