Health Minister wants smoking and non-smoking areasPOSTED: 06/8/12 11:55 AM
St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has called on businesses to establish smoking and non-smoking areas. The national ordinance on the use of tobacco, like several others the world over stipulates measures to reduce tobacco use in public spaces and the work place.
“In St. Maarten, you are not allowed to smoke in government buildings or schools. When you go to restaurants and other establishments the smoke of others bothers people as well. So we’re asking all these establishments to create smoking and non-smoking sections. I don’t think we necessarily have to wait for a law or the amendment of a law to impose this on them. I think this is the right thing and that is to create that area,” de Weever said.
The minister has pointed out that staffers who are repeatedly ill with respiratory conditions will become more productive if they don’t have to contend with second hand smoke.