The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) was formed on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2002.
Cigarette-smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, leading to cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and complications in diabetes. The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all global cancer deaths. The JCTC works closely with Government, non-Government and other health allied organisations to encourage abstinence and prevent tobacco and toward de-normalising the use of tobacco and all nicotine products in Jamaica. The JCTC’s vision is for a tobacco free Jamaica, while the mission is de-normalising the use of tobacco and all nicotine products. The Coalition is made up of nine member organizations, the Association of General Practitioners; Caribbean College of Family Physicians; Diabetes Association of Jamaica; Heart Foundation of Jamaica; Jamaica Cancer Society; Jamaica Dental Association; Jmaaica Psychiatric Association; Medical Association of Jamaica, and the Nurses Association of Jamaica. The JCTC’s secretariat is situated at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) 28 Beechwood Avenue headquarters, from which activities and other functions are planned and executed.
Protecting the Jamaican Population from the Harms of Tobacco and Nicotine Use Imperative in the Wake of COVID-19 – says Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control ahead of World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Protecting Jamaica’s population from the health harms of tobacco and nicotine use and preventing youth from ever using these harmful and highly … Continue reading JAMAICA COALITION FOR TOBACCO CONTROL
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) notes with interest recent statements by board members of Jamaica’s main tobacco company who assert that government excise duty is fuelling the illicit trade in cigarettes and a consequent decline in its sales. Yet, according to Carreras Limited’s 2019/2020 first-quarter report, in the first three months up to … Continue reading Not so! JCTC refutes Carreras’s claim that cigarette excise is responsible for illicit trade
Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition … Continue reading Life Is Too Precious To Go Up In Smoke – Lung Cancer Awareness Month Highlights The Importance Of Prevention, Early Detection
THIS YEAR marks 15 years since Jamaica acceded in 2005 to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the only global health treaty. Since its formation on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2002, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) has been a strong advocate for public-health policies that seek … Continue reading Dr Aggrey Irons | COVID Is No Joke, It Gets Worse With Smoke
Dear Editor, It is with great concern that the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) notes Carreras Limited’s plan to launch islandwide an upgraded version of its mentholated cigarette brand which includes a double capsule that will allow smokers to switch to a citrus flavour. Introducing more flavoured cigarettes in Jamaica at this time is … Continue reading Citrus cigarettes leave a sour taste in the mouth of the JCTC
Dear Editor, The vision of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is for a tobacco-free Jamaica. Our mission is to denormalise the consumption of tobacco and all nicotine products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, heated tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes. Electronic or e-cigarettes are a type of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) which do … Continue reading Ban e-cigs and vaping!