Dr. Terrance Drew, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, on Tuesday (June 23), moved the second reading of the Smoking (Designated Areas) Bill, 2023, in the country’s National Assembly.
The Bill designates certain specified public places as smoking areas, to prohibit smoking outside of a designated area in public places, to better provide for protection from exposure to certain types of smoke and for related or incidental matters.
“It is not for me to judge who should smoke or who should not smoke, however, I think it is imperative that we seek to create a situation where both those who smoke and those who don’t smoke can exist in harmony,” he said.
Drew shared that he believes that now is the best scenario for the country as it would allow for those who partake in the practice to exercise their rights without exposing non-smokers, particularly those with pre-existing health issues, to any health risks.
“You wouldn’t want people to just be in a crowd or down the street just smoking because not everybody around might want to partake in it and that is ok as well, but you don’t want people to not have an opportunity to express themselves. So, if we have … an environment that enables all to exist, while we upkeep the law, I really think that it is the best scenario that we can have,” he added.
The legislation also allows for any person, partnership, director of a company or lawful entity to apply to the Chief Medical Officer for a license declaring a designated smoking area.
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