Chinese company breaches Bajan agreement on cigarette advertising

(Barbados Nation) Stamping out smoking will take more than a legal ban on cigarette advertisements.

That was the view expressed by several shopkeepers regarding the pending legislation to ban advertising for cigarettes.

The legislation was prompted when the Chinese company Hong-yang Manufacturers Ltd erected several billboards around the island advertising the brand, Caribbean Sea, which was a breach of the agreement between the Ministry of Health and retailers.

When the SUNDAY SUN visited several shops across the island last Wednesday, most retailers reported a drop in cigarette sales but said some persons, mainly men, continued to buy their smokes in spite of warnings from the Ministry of Health.

At Boom’s Bar in lower Westbury Road, St Michael, around 10:46 a.m., a group of men were chatting over beers near the entrance while two others watched sports.

 

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