Title: CARIFESTA venues to be 'no-smoking' ones
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Title: CARIFESTA venues to be 'no-smoking' ones
Physical Description: News release
Language: English
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Monday, 21 July 2008, page 3
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Environmental Policy
Social Behaviour
Abstract: Article reports that the Minster of Health of Guyana, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy has announced that all CARIFESTA venues will be considered "smoke free zones."
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100660
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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GUYAIA CHRONICLE Monday, July 21, 2008 3


Minister of Health, Dr
Leslie Ramsammy, has an-
nounced that all
CARIFESTKX events will be
considered 'smoke free
zones', including events held
in open spaces such as the
National Park and National
"However," he added,
"for some events, there will be
designated areas for smoking."
Minister Ramsammy made this
disclosure at a media briefing
held at the Ministry of Health
recently, Thursday.
Noting the decision was
made in conjunction with the
CARIFESTA X Secretariat, the
Health Minister congratulated
Minister of Culture, Youth and
Sport, Dr Frank Anthony and
the Secretariat for endorsing
and embracing the Ministry of
Health's advocacy for 'smoke
free' events.
Dr Ramsammy indicated
that 49 workplaces have so far
joined in implementing 'smoke
free' policies, adding that he is
optimistic that by this week,
the figure will reach 60. The
list of workplaces already
signed on to the campaign will
be released by Wednesday of
this week, he said.
Minister Ramsammy
who is optimistic that the re-

sponse to the
campaign gov-
erning smoking at
such events will
meet with suc-
cess, recalled that
during World
Cup Cricket, the
policy was in ef-
fect and worked.
D r
Ramsammy said:
"We must not 9
underrate our
Guyanese citi-
zens. I think,
generally, the
vast majority will
comply." He
outlined that the
aim behind the
decision is to ensure that
Guyana hosts a good, clean fes-
"We are not looking to
penalise people. We are looking
for a good, clean CARIFESTA,"
he assured.
He explained that one very
important requirement for
CARIFESTA X is for people to
behave well, and one of the
things that constitute good
behaviour at CARIFESTA
events will be 'no smoking'.
Ramsammy said the Min-
istry of Health has already be-
gun sensitising people to the

policy, so that it will not come
as a surprise to them when they
turn up at events and are pre-
vented from smoking. He is
hoping that with adequate no-
tice, all concerned will approach
the issue in a very responsible
manner, which will redound to
the best interest of everyone.
Notwithstanding, there
will be security officers on
hand at such events to help
monitor and ensure that the
plan works, without necessar-
ily employing force.

7/20/2008, 10:12 PM

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