Plans are well underway to get tough on tobacco products and to prohibit smoking in public places in Dominica.
This is according to the country’s Health Minister Julius Timothy.
Timothy, who was delivering a national address over the weekend to commemorate Dominica’s 5th Caribbean Wellness Day, said legislation will soon be drafted to address concerns related to smoking.
“As promised, we will draft legislation to raise taxes on tobacco products to 75 percent of the purchase price, ban the sale of tobacco products to minors, ensure proper labeling of content of the harmful nature of the product and ban on the advertising of tobacco products,” he said.
Timothy also said this year’s Caribbean Wellness Day should be used to examine Dominica’s progress in combating Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCD) thus far.
He said government has placed several measures to combat CNCD’s, which according to reports have reached epidemic levels in the region. “The ministry of education has created a policy of physical activity in all classes of all schools including secondary schools. Government will continue to provide the necessary support for healthy eating at schools,” he stated.
Caribbean Wellness Day was observed under the theme “Love that Body, Work It.”
Caribbean Wellness Day was initiated by CARICOM on September 7, 2007 in commemoration of the land mark event of the first ever summit of heads of government to combat CNCDs.