Nova Scotians will breathe easier as government continues to support community-based and in-hospital smoking cessation programs across the province. In this year’s budget, the province invested an additional $400,000 to an existing $1.3 million commitment bringing the total to $1.7 million. This is part of the $2.4-million investment into the renewed provincial tobacco control strategy. “There are many people whose health has been impacted by smoking and this investment will help them quit,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Our province has had great success over the past number of years in decreasing the smoking rate and this investment will further that success.” Since 2001, Nova Scotia’s smoking rates have dropped from 30 per cent to 18 per cent. Smoking rates for youth, once the highest in Canada, are now at an all-time low of 12 per cent. As part of the 2011 renewed tobacco control strategy, smoking cessation was identified as one step in moving toward a tobacco-free Nova Scotia. The strategy will also: aim to reduce the smoking rate among 20-24 year olds to 20 per cent by 2015-16 focus on the behaviour of the tobacco industry in Nova Scotia by looking at sales to minors, compliance rates and tobacco advertising aim to reduce the number of teens (15 to 19) smoking from 15 per cent to 10 per cent explore legislation to help smoking reduction efforts expand the range of effective, comprehensive treatment options for tobacco users by complementing community-based counselling programs
“I pay tribute to the Spirit of Independence awardees and those who have received the Mayor’s Special Awards for 2019. I must congratulate them for being recognised on their own merit,” he said. Story Highlights In his address, Mayor of Montego Bay,Councillor Homer Davis, lauded the awardees for playing their part in nation building. Twelve persons and one entity from St. James were recognised for their outstanding contributions to various sectors of society, by the St. James Municipal Corporation, at its Independence Uniform Parade, Flag Raising and Civic Ceremony, held in Sam Sharpe Square, today(August 6). Twelve persons and one entity from St. James were recognised for their outstanding contributions to various sectors of society, by the St. James Municipal Corporation, at its Independence Uniform Parade, Flag Raising and Civic Ceremony, held in Sam Sharpe Square, today(August 6).In his address, Mayor of Montego Bay,Councillor Homer Davis, lauded the awardees for playing their part in nation building.“I pay tribute to the Spirit of Independence awardees and those who have received the Mayor’s Special Awards for 2019. I must congratulate them for being recognised on their own merit,” he said.“Awardees, your nomination and selection is the result of your hard work over the years, your dedication, your commitment and contribution towards the development of our great parish, St. James. You have placed yourselves among the great unsung heroes and heroines of the parish and are all living examples as to what can be achieved through a spirit of commitment and dedication towards nation building,” the Mayor added.Awardees were recognised for their work in the fields of community service, tourism, business, education, industry and commerce, religion and sport.Meanwhile, the Mayor encouraged citizens to unite in the thrust to ensure that the nation reaches its full potential.“Jamaica has achieved much, but we still have a far way to go in attaining our full potential as a country and as a people,” he said.The Mayor argued that the time has come for Jamaicans to do away with partisan politics and to employ a spirit of resilience instead, “coupled with hard work, passion, love for each other and faith in the almighty God, in ensuring a better and brighter tomorrow.”“Today provides the perfect opportunity for us to refocus our energy on our quest to return Jamaica to the days when it was referred to as the jewel of the Caribbean. I use this Independence Day ceremony to challenge you the citizens of this parish and this country to embrace peace, progress and prosperity for all Jamaicans,” he added.For his part, Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, who delivered the Independence Day message from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said that Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations should be a time to reflect and give thanks.“We can never take our freedom for granted, and we pay tribute to the brave persons who made sacrifices so that we can be here now,” the Custos said.“I urge you to take pleasure in the freedom preserved in our Constitution and God’s blessings of freedom of thought and mind. Let us value and respect each other and our country; let us pledge to give back to society and help those who are less fortunate than we are,” he added.Councillor of the Somerton Division, Mark McGann, read the Independence Day message from Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and highlighted that the Government is committed to protecting the environment.“Environmental issues are now of greater concern to all Jamaicans and they should be. In the face of more frequent and intense drought, shifting rainfall patterns and more frequent and intense hurricanes, this Government has taken more decisive actions in favour of our environment than any other government in our recent history,” he said.The theme for the 57th year of Independence is: ‘One Nation…One People’.