Tillman Thomas regime adopts no smoking policy for Spice Isle

Grenada’s government has adopted a no smoking policy and will be placing no smoking signs in all government buildings and facilities as of May 31st 2009.

Director of Community Health Dr. Christine La Grenade said that the move was the first in a series of strategies to ensure Grenada?s compliance with the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

?We became the 169th country to ratify the Convention in 2007 and in order to promote and implement the provisions of the Convention, the WHO FCTC envisages different instruments, such as protocols and guidelines, so that is why we are adopting a no smoking policy,? she said.

La Grenade said government will also be lobbying members of the business community to adopt a similar policy for their workplaces.

The Tobacco Convention was developed in response to the globalisation of the tobacco epidemic.

It represents a paradigm shift in developing a regulatory strategy to address addictive substances, in contrast to previous drug control treaties. Bajan Reporter now: What effect will this have on tourist trade? How will bar sales be affected in the midst of fiscal downturn? Is St George’s aware UK expats come to West Indies for puffing reasons too?

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