People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control is becoming increasingly concerned about the decision to expand the production of tobacco growing in Jamaica, which is in direct contravention of the World Health Organization (WHO) treaty - The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Government of Jamaica signed the FCTC on 24 September 2003 and ratified it on 7 July 2005.
In addition to the expansion of tobacco production, the Government is also in breach of its obligations under the FCTC as it relates to the passing of tobacco control legislation.
In contravention of this treaty, the Government through the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency has been collaborating with the tobacco company in the promotion of youth anti tobacco campaigns.
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