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Jamaica Observer Online - Concern at tardiness to enact tobacco law - Monday, July 04, 2011

The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and other public health advocates are dismayed that the promised tobacco control legislation has again failed to materialise. The most recent announcement of a date for tabling this legislation was made on June 6 when the minister of health addressed a forum to develop a multi-sectoral response to the prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) as part of Jamaica's preparation for the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs in September this year. Read the full article here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Concern-at-tardiness-to-enact-tobacco-law_9117193

Jamaica Gleaner - Gov't dragging feet on smoking ban - doctor - Monday July 4, 2011

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter - Dr Aldyth Buckland, immediate past president of the Association of General Practitioners of Jamaica, is calling on the Government to speed up the process for legislation to be enacted for the banning of smoking in public areas. Dr Buckland argued that legislators are dragging their feet in getting the law passed. Read the full article here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Concern-at-tardiness-to-enact-tobacco-law_9117193

Diabetes Health -- Monitor Your Blood Sugars While You Drive? Jun 22, 2011

Medtronic and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to develop a prototype device that will allow people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels as they drive. Using Bluetooth technology, the system will connect readings from Medtronic's continuous glucose monitor to Ford's onboard communications system, called "Sync." Read the full article here: http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2011/06/22/7175/monitor-your-blood-sugars-while-you-drive/

Barbados Advocate - Tobacco control treaty embraced globally but needs boost on the ground May 31, 2011

A LEGALLY binding treaty to curb the devastating global tobacco epidemic has had amazing successes in its six years, but the international community should integrate the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) into the global development process in order to accelerate and strengthen its implementation. Read the full article here http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=17884

Jamaica Observer - Taxes burn Carreras - Cigarette company says high levy helping to grow illegal tobacco trade - By Alicia Dunkley Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GOVERNMENT, by virtue of the more than 100 per cent increase in taxes on tobacco products over the last three budget years, has facilitated the boom in the illicit cigarette trade, according to managing director of Carreras Jamaica, Richard Pandohie. Read the full article here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/pfversion/Taxes-burn-Carreras_8927925

Jamaica Observer - Carreras continues push for local tobacco legislation - By Alicia Dunkley Tuesday, May 31, 2011

THE call for Government to fast-track a Tobacco Control Bill for Jamaica has come from the most unlikely quarter, Carreras Limited, the local cigarette company. Parliament from as far back as 2000 has been pondering legislation to discourage tobacco use and further to ban smoking in public spaces, but despite much agitation a statute is yet to emerge.  Read the full article here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Carreras-continues-push-for-local-tobacco-legislation_8927833

Guyana Trakker News - Tobacco control treaty embraced globally but needs boost on the ground - World Tobacco Day May 31, 2011

Georgetown: The Guyana Chest Society in a release to mark World Tobacco Day stated, that the focus in 2011 is on implementing legislation that will protect the public from the health harms of smoking. Smoking kills almost 6 million people every year and the World Health Organization is urging all its member states, including Guyana, to pass legislation that will reduce and prevent these deaths. World No Tobacco Day is being observed this year on May 31st, as it has been every year since 1987. Read the full article here: http://www.caribbeantrakker.com/2011/05/tobacco-control-treaty-embraced-globally-but-needs-boost-on-the-ground-world-tobacco-day/ 

Trinidad Express - Tobacco industry battling with Caricom govts  May 30, 2011

LOCAL health advocates are urging the international community to integrate the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty into the global development process to accelerate and strengthen its implementation against smoking and cigarette smoke. Read the full article here: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Tobacco_industry__battling_with_Caricom_govts-122848183.html 

Go-Jamaica - Health ministry observes No Tobacco Day  May 30, 2011

Message from Minister of Health, Rudyard Spencer as the health ministry observes No Tobacco Day 2011. This year’s observance of World No Tobacco Day is focusing on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Read the full article here: http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=29025