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Cayman Islands Government

Tobacco Law Delay

Minister of Health Mark Scotland

While we do regret this delay, on the bright side, the newly-scheduled implementation means that we will have a few extra weeks for public education...

—Minister of Health Mark Scotland

Cayman's new Tobacco Law will certainly not be abandoned although the commencement date for this legislation has been pushed back to 31 December 2009, the Minister of Health Mark Scotland confirmed.

"The amendment was approved in Cabinet earlier this week and will allow more time for finalising regulations and for putting the necessary administrative processes in place," he explained.

The ministry hopes to present Cabinet with the final regulations within a few weeks, after which town hall-style stakeholder meetings will begin between late November and early December.

"These meetings will focus on educating people on the provisions of the law and will be open to the public. While we do regret this delay, on the bright side, the newly-scheduled implementation means that we will have a few extra weeks for public education before implementation," Mr. Scotland added.

"In the mean time, in the spirit of the law, we encourage businesses to familiarize themselves with the new legislation. We also congratulate those who are already adhering to the new requirements."

(GIS)

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