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Kaieteur News Online - Campaign to address non-communicable disease launched - June 13, 2011 - Text to save lives…

By texting ‘YES’ to 1155 from your Digicel mobile phone, Guyana is looking to contribute close to one million (1,000,000) messages which is expected to be collected by Caribbean policy makers, who can safeguard the health populace against tobacco use. The text messages which are free of cost are being collected to ask each of our CARICOM leaders to attend a special United Nations Summit that could help save millions of lives. According to Darshanand Rampersaud, the Project Officer for the Caribbean Tobacco Control Project at the Chest Clinic the campaign is being dubbed ‘Get the Message’ and Guyanese are asked to definitely get in the game. Rampersaud disclosed that the ‘Get the Message’ campaign is being coordinated by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (H.C.C.), a group of non-governmental organisations around the Region, which includes the Guyana Chest Society and the Caribbean Tobacco Control Project. Read the full article here http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/06/13/campaign-to-address-non-communicable-disease-launched/

Jamaica Observer Online - Ban smoking in public places - June 09, 2011

Dear Editor, I am writing this short but sweet letter from Canada to share my concern for Jamaica. I am not a Jamaican, but I consider your beautiful country as my second home because I have family who live there. I have visited them twice yearly since I was born. I am raising my concern about the Ministry of Health and what seems to be their inaction relating to smoking in public. I have seen where the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and other people have been working hard to encourage the ministry and the government to ban public smoking especially in restaurants. I applaud the Heart Foundation for their determination to encourage the banning of smoking in public because they want to encourage all ages to stay healthy in Jamaica. They also want to make your country the perfect destination for travellers, as well as myself too. I am embarrassed and disappointed with the Ministry of Health and Government of Jamaica for not taking serious action about this issue. Read the full article here http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/letters/Ban-smoking-in-public-places_8983911

Jamaica Observer Online - Tobacco Bill to go before Parliament - BY TANESHA MUNDLE June 08, 2011

AFTER more than a decade in the making, the Tobacco Bill — which seeks to control the use of tobacco in the island — is soon to be put before Parliament. Health Minister Rudyard Spencer says the chief parliamentary counsel is now making final amendments to the document and he expects it to be tabled in Parliament within the next three weeks. Spencer made the disclosure Monday as he addressed a high-level breakfast forum on chronic diseases and physical activity at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, where it was noted that that tobaccos use, specifically cigarette smoking, was a leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Read the full article here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tobacco-Bill-to-go-before-Parliament_8975675

Jamaica Gleaner Online - LETTER OF THE DAY - Kick butt on tobacco smoking in public spaces - June 3, 2011

THE EDITOR, Sir: The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on the recently observed World No Tobacco Day that tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to encourage people to quit smoking and to protect others from second-hand smoke. The WHO indicated that the epidemic of tobacco-related diseases and deaths has just begun, owing to the fact that there is a lag of many years between when people start smoking, and/or when non-smokers are exposed to smoking, and when such smoking affects health. The many serious health effects associated with tobacco smoking are well known. They include cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and impairment of normal bodily functions. Read the full article here http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110603/letters/letters1.html

Jamaica Observer Online - Letters to the Editor - Enact tobacco law quickly - June 3, 2011

Dear Editor, The World Health Organisation reported on the recent recognition of World No Tobacco Day that tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to encourage people to quit smoking and to protect others from second-hand smoke. The WHO indicated that the epidemic of tobacco-related diseases and deaths has just begun, owing to the fact that there is a lag of many years between when people start smoking, and/or when non-smokers are exposed to smoking, and when such smoking affects health.  Read the full article here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Enact-tobacco-law-quickly_8944952

Guyanna Times Online - Digicel in advocacy campaign on chronic disease - May 14, 2011

Digicel has partnered with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition ( HCC) on a media advocacy campaign called Get the Message to create greater public awareness of chronic diseases affecting persons across the Caribbean region. The HCC launched the extensive pan- Caribbean campaign in March to encourage Caribbean leaders to seek to maximise opportunities for improved prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and to provide public education about them. Digicel customers can support this initiative by texting YES to 1155 for free. According to a release, Digicel will help to ensure that the campaign meets its target of one million text messages by September, when Caribbean leaders are due to attend a United Nations High Level Meeting on these illnesses. Digicel will also act as a liaison for the coordination of text blasts and quantified data reports, as well as drive the campaign through its social media channels Facebook and Twitter. Read the full article here
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