The Health Caribbean Coalition has recently released a report on ‘Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean – The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)‘. The JCTC has recorded remarkable and measurable success as a champion for the implementation of the articles under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), successfully advocating for legislation in Jamaica despite considerable tobacco industry interference. Its work has been recognised and applauded both regionally and globally.
The report, and the experiences and lessons learned from the JCTC, will serve as a resource for civil society NCD advocacy for years to come. It is hoped that it will be used to bring about the enactment of tobacco control legislation by CARICOM countries as called for in the FCTC which has been ratified by almost all CARICOM countries. The need for action by CARICOM countries in this important area of NCD prevention continues to be of critical importance and requires strong and sustained advocacy by civil society organizations.