Island to ban advertising of alcohol, tobacco items

Barbados could soon be moving to ban all advertising of alcohol and tobacco products.

That was one of the measures put forward by Caribbean delegates to help in the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), following a forum hosted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at Hilton Barbados today.

Speaking during a press conference this afternoon at the conclusion of the two-day event, the island’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John told reporters it was an option that was currently being explored.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John
Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John

“That is something that we are also looking at. That’s also going to be on the agenda . . .” St John said.

When asked if any taxes or legislation would also be put in place on the importation of junk food, she replied, “When I hear you speak about taxes I would prefer that you direct that question to the Minister of Finance.”

Her comments came on the heels of statements made by Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health and Environment Molywn Joseph, who explained that hard decisions would have to be made to stem the threat of NCDs in the region.

“It is time for action and some hard decisions will have to be made, such as banning all forms of tobacco advertising, replacing trans fat with polyunsaturated fats, restricting or banning alcohol advertising,” he pointed out, while acknowledging that NCDs were responsible for three out of four deaths in the region.

However, he said such decisions were easier to be made at the sub-regional level, rather than by individual states.

“Decisions like these are more effectively handled at the sub-regional level. We intend as a sub-region . . . and all the ministers have agreed to work together to pass legislation to deal with this matter.

“They have embraced the idea because we have found it easier to get legislation for parliaments when it is presented as a sub-regional legislation, rather than a national legislation,” Joseph noted.

Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Rufus Ewing said the issue would be raised at the upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Meeting in Barbados from July 2 to 4.

Dr St John did however reveal that Barbados would be moving swiftly to address the issue of obesity among children.

This, she said, included administering of nutritious foods and meals in schools through both the School Meals Service as well as private canteens.

41 Responses to Island to ban advertising of alcohol, tobacco items

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler June 10, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Which island? Don’t we produce alcohol for resale here and internationally??

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  2. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 1:50 am

    It has been regulated in many countries since the late 1980’s. If something is proven to be unhealthy it should not be advertised. If we would like to take control to help our youth not to indulge in these bad/unhealthy habits, we must start somewhere. By banning advertisements as well as early school education on tobacco and alcohol is a good place to start.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Food is advertised mostly on bill boards and will always be advertised because it is labelled food. New regulations as well as public’s outcry has been helping to improve the change for food companies to serve more healthy foods. We are educated to make better food choices for ourselves.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

      And who are you to be so rude to tell me I am not to have an opinion etc?

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Why do you hide your face? Too embarrassed or do you have some other good reason to hide? Does it make you feel brave to sit behind a monitor and spout your rudeness?

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

      We can Knock pharmaceutical as much as we want, we still have to depend on them to treat & control many illnesses, decease etc. whether we like it or not meds do help. Depending on what we want out of life.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I do agree alcohol is not bad. The addiction is what is and there are many people around the world who are. Not only does it cause health problems such as sclerosis of the liver but it also causes many social problems as well such as disorderly conduct (More people incarcerated) for violence acts. Family breakdown, .Dinking and driving being a major one which leads to accidents and if not death hospital care. Drug addiction is a great expense on health care system. Alcohol is a depressant therefore it is also costly in the mental health and rehabilitation for addiction.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      We need to remember when we speak of the dangers of alcohol we are not referring to the casual drinker. The percentage of those who over indulge is quite high, that’s where the focus is. Not to prevent drinking, to more so teach about the pros and cons. Fact has it, there are many more cons than they are pros with over indulgence.

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Also we can view many things as unhealthy if abused, alcohol is still a major one.

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  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small June 10, 2015 at 1:51 am

    If de sugar industry wasn’t dead b4, um buried now! Breathalyzer is a deterrent, diabetes is a end result, now complete ban. Yet gov plan tah build new factory to improve sugar production, that’s right! Sugar cane = sugar+ rum(alcohol)

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  4. Alex Alleyne June 10, 2015 at 2:06 am

    NCD’s , let start with the sugar drinks they are “too-sweet”.

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  5. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones June 10, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Yes, enough with the Guinness and all the other alcoholic promoted rush hours on the public airwaves.

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  6. Kevin Cave
    Kevin Cave June 10, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Pause people, pause. Those monkey-see-monkey-do statements will make y’all put your feet in your mouths cause if the government was to say they’re legalizing marijuana, trust, a large % of Bajans will be applauding the government.
    I do see y’all’s points though – if the government wants to follow other countries, they should make decisions based off of what they see is working for countries similar to ours, that is, other Caribbean islands or a possible third-world country. It makes no sense deciding to hamper the main thing that helps our struggling economy.

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  7. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley June 10, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Health warnings is all that is needed…..People will drink and snake regardless…….SO HOW WE MOUNT GAY WILL BE advertised to dee tourist….

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  8. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis June 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

    could you also put bad weaves and hair styles in there as well? And Oh yeah…people who advertise as make up artists ..but in their ad their eye brows look like they had and argument..and aren’t speaking.

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  9. Allyson Benn
    Allyson Benn June 10, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I’m not exactly sure who thought up the brilliant idea that banning advertisement of rum in the Caribbean is gonna fly.

    We banning beer ads too? If so, we should really talk to all the shops painted in the colors of their sponsored brands…

    Not to mention persons who sponsor events, oh look, promotion girls will lose work because their job IS to be a living billboard, representation of the brand, which is advertisement…

    Look… Look…

    Which dumb ass desk munkey thought this up???

    Wunna realize wunna stop the part scene and put thousands of people out of work????

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  10. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson June 10, 2015 at 7:01 am

    How will that help the problem alcohol and tobacco was before me and I never try any of it that the mind of a person not the products

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

      It helps by sending the message it is unhealthy. Tobacco in particular is known to cause death. We are teaching our youth what were were not taught.

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  11. Angel Thomas
    Angel Thomas June 10, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Really………..

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  12. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 10, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Crazy ppl.

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  13. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch June 10, 2015 at 7:42 am

    What about an ad with an extra message of possible health risks instead.

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  14. Kathie Daniel June 10, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Your headline is very misleading. You should not descend to trickery to get people to read your stories.

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  15. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

    As far as I know B’dos rum has never been advertised overseas, this is about not advertising. It has nothing to do with selling. Because there is no Mount Gay advertisement does not mean people are going to stop buying what they always bought.

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  16. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves June 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    These people really getting more ignorant by the day banding the ads of rum and tobacco products wouldn’t stop the drunking rum lovers and hard tobacco smokers from smoking or drinking it will only stop the rum and cigrette producers,retailers and advertising companies from making money which will also help hurt the economy less sales less taxes.If some people are addicted to rum and tobacco and it messing up their life let them go to a substance abuse rehab agency and get help

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  17. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair June 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

    All the measures used in combination to stop smoking, has actually worked very well and there is lots of proof.

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  18. Zeta Mac
    Zeta Mac June 10, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Why these leaders does just get up and talk so much crap…We are a country that our history revolves around rum ..we have one of the oldest rum in the world ..the history goes all the way to the slave days stupsssse

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  19. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah June 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Barbados is a tourist attraction and is known for its high quality of RUM.
    Hotels, Guess house, Stores, Bars, Shop would all advertise Rum one way or the next, we are known too have the best Rum in the world. I myself a former rum distiller, but please take note that stuff can’t go into my body, because i am well aware of it’s chemistry.

    Tobacco is not advertise yet it sells,

    Marijuana is not advertise yet it sell.

    Cocaine is not advertise yet it sells

    Sex is not advertise yet it sells.

    People who claimed to be intelligent should think before they speak.
    Especially those are in Authority. Yet i can bet my life that when these same people are entertaining guest Alcohol Beverages are serve.

    Does advertising ever stopped something from being sold?

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  20. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah June 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Barbados is a tourist attraction and is known for its high quality of RUM.
    Hotels, Guess house, Stores, Bars, Shop would all advertise Rum one way or the next, we are known too have the best Rum in the world. I myself a former rum distiller, but please take note that stuff can’t go into my body, because i am well aware of it’s chemistry.

    Tobacco is not advertise yet it sells,

    Marijuana is not advertise yet it sell.

    Cocaine is not advertise yet it sells

    Sex is not advertise yet it sells.

    People who claimed to be intelligent should think before they speak.
    Especially those are in Authority. Yet i can bet my life that when these same people are entertaining their friends Alcohol Beverages are serve.

    Does advertising ever stopped something from being sold?

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  21. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor June 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    What a genius. ..who really sits n think up all this nonsense…woman really needs to get a life or some thing

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  22. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor June 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Very true..i have never seen bajan rum advertise here in the US …this woman crazy or what

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  23. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham June 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    The horse has already bolted what is new ?????????????????????????????

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