The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is to launch its Smoke Free Cayman Campaign in anticipation of the introduction of legislation governing tobacco use locally.
According the society’s latest release, the first phase of the campaign will involve contacting all hotels and restaurants in the Cayman Islands. Those which have already banned the use of tobacco in all enclosed areas will be presented with a window decal. It also plans to post a list of these establishments on its Website www.cics.ky.
The decal has a blue background and a white flower in the foreground. It also features the name of the campaign, a universal no smoking sign and the Society’s logo. So far decals have been issued to Bacchus, Full of Beans, Ristorante Papagallos and the Lighthouse.
The second phase of the programme, the CICS hopes to introduce this May is the re-launch of its smoking cessation programme. Businesses and other organisations will be able to arrange in-house smoking cessation programmes and individuals will be able to attend sessions at the CICS.
The society’s General Manager and certified smoking cessation facilitator Christine Sanders, commends establishments which are now tobacco free.
She says far from such bans hurting business they actually increase revenues as they attract non-smokers who previously would not frequent an establishment. Other benefits from smoking bans she believes include savings on company insurance.
The society’s Medical Director, Dr. Sook Yin, added that the society strongly endorses the introduction of legislation governing the use of tobacco.
‘The organisation is looking at this from a health perspective as exposure to tobacco smoke causes many diseases including cancer and heart disease.
‘Unfortunately it is not just the health of the smoker that is affected but any one exposed to tobacco smoke and ill-health can result from minimal exposure. Regulating where tobacco can be used will have many benefits including the possibility of reducing the cost of healthcare,’ she added.
Dr. Yin, speaking on behalf of the society, urged Government leaders to move forward with their plans for tobacco legislation for the betterment of the community.
For additional information on the society’s Smoke Free Cayman programme, and to be recognised as a smoke-free establishment, contact the CICS call 949-7618 or email [email protected]