Health warnings coming for killer smokes

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Health Sciences is welcoming Government’s announcement that it intends to soon propose legislation requiring warning labels on cigarette packets.

Deputy Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, Cave Hill, Dr Alafia Samuels had given the grisly reason for the support when she said: “Half the people who smoke cigarettes are going to die from tobacco-related diseases.”

Government’s plan is consistent with the World Health Organization’s approach, and Samuels told Barbados TODAY yesterday that the UWI supports the recommendations of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which includes mandatory graphic warnings on cigarette packages.

Samuels is also director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre, which conducted a Health of the Nation Survey in 2015 and found that 11 per cent of Barbadian men and two per cent of women smoke daily. Read more

Source: Barbados Today