People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
On 12 December 2012, Caribbean states adopted the Regional Standard for the Labelling of Retail Packages of Tobacco Products.
The Regional Standards meets the requirement of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a press release from the Secretariat from the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Article 11 of the FCTC calls on countries that are a party to the Convention, within a period of three years after entry into force, to adopt and implement effective measures to ensure tobacco packages are labelled according to guidelines developed by the WHO FCTC Secretariat.
All manufacturers, importers, retailers and others engaged in the production and or trade of tobacco products within any CARICOM member state must comply with the Regional Standards, adds the press release.