Saint Lucia has featured in the World No-Tobacco Day Awards for 2021 in the Americas.
The announcement has come from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness received the award for its role in regulating tobacco smoking.
In June 2020, Saint Lucia adopted the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulations, Statutory Instrument, 2020, No. 81.
The regulation establishes a smoking ban in enclosed public and working places and on public transport.
It covers electronic cigarettes.
And it prohibits the sale of tobacco products in health, sport, government, childcare, educational and religious facilities.
As a result of the measure, Saint Lucia became the eighth country in the Caribbean to adopt the regulation.
And it also became the 22nd in the Americas to do so.
The FCTC notes that people need protection against tobacco smoke in indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transportation.
In addition to Saint Lucia, World No Tobacco Day awards also went to three Costa Rican institutions.
The Ministry of Health in Paraguay, the Uruguayan National Resource Fund, two California cities, and a Brazilian doctor are also awardees
The winners were selected by the WHO.
The organisation received nominations in response to a public call regarding key advances in tobacco control by countries.
The awards are part of global tobacco control efforts recognized on World No-Tobacco Day every year.
WHO member stated created World No Tobacco Day in 1987.
Countries commemorate the day each year on May 31.
The objective is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
And World No Tobacco Day also aims to discourage people from using tobacco in any form.
According to the WHO, tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year.