The Roosevelt Skerrit-led Cabinet could soon approve legislation to ban smoking in public places and the labeling and advertising of tobacco.
The legislation, which aims at reducing the high level of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCD) in Dominica, has already been drafted, according to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer.
“The Minister for Health intends to submit the legislation to Cabinet and eventually to Parliament,” she said.
Royer said several other measures have been undertaken by government to continue in its fight against CNCD’s in Dominica.
“An increase in tax was applied on tobacco products from 45 to 75 percent in the fiscal budget. From 2010, the prime minister granted public officers one hour per day to participate in physical activity at no cost to them, sad to say not many are taking advantage of this offer,” she said.
A policy on nutrition is also in its final stages while a school health and nutrition policy is in its first draft, Royer indicated.
In 2014, the Ministry of Health will conduct a survey which identifies trends in STD and risk factor prevalence.
Royer said while the Ministry of Health has conducted “much”, there is still a lot more that could be done.