17 Aug 2010
Barbados will go smoke-free in all public places this October.
The ban covers public areas like bars, restaurants, hotels, rum shops, businesses, government buildings libraries and museums.
As reported on the Healthy Caribbean Coalition website (quoting from the Barbados Advocate), the government’s senior medical officer, chronic diseases, Dr Kenneth George defined a public place as having a permanent or temporary roof, that was either fully or substantially enclosed [to which the public has access].
People found smoking in these places will face strict fines, prison or both.
Even businesses will face fines if they don’t prevent their staff from smoking, and they must display at least to no-smoking signs in prominent places.
Adrian Randall, former CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados,who worked on getting Barbados to ratify the FCTC, said he was very glad that finally Barbados was seeing the ban on smoking in public places.
“Somewhat behind schedule but welcome all the same,” he said.
Download the Barbados prohibition of tobacco smoking in public places regulations (PDF 87KB).