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Posted 15th February 2010

Categorized as Health, Trinidad & Tobago

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Smokers in Trinidad and Tobago will soon be stripped of their right to light up in public as they wish as a new law that seeks to curb the practice is to take effect this week.

In a release issued over the weekend, the Health Ministry said the Tobacco Control Act that was passed two months ago, will come into force on a phased basis from Wednesday. Under the Act, smoking in any enclosed public places is outlawed.

The Health Ministry said the new law was designed to protect people from the exposure to second hand tobacco smoke, especially children, babies and pregnant women, as well as preventing others from taking up the habit.

β€œIt also seeks to prevent smoking by young people, especially children, to restrict promotional activities by tobacco manufacturers, enhance public awareness of the hazards of tobacco use, ensure that consumers are provided with sufficient information to make more informed decisions on using tobacco products and prevent illicit trade,” the release added. Health Minister Jerry Narace has committed to undertaking a full public education drive before enforcing the Act in its entirety.

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