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Establishments failing to post 'No Smoking' signs will be fined – Hon Skelton

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton has promised to get tough on hospitality businesses that do not display no smoking signs or that allow their patrons to smoke on the premises. Photo:
The Minister was speaking last evening January 28, 2016 during the debate on the Higher Education Licencing Act during the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
The Minister was speaking last evening January 28, 2016 during the debate on the Higher Education Licencing Act during the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton has promised to get tough on hospitality businesses that do not display no smoking signs or that allow patrons to smoke on the premises.

The Minister was speaking last evening January 28, 2016 during the debate on the Higher Education Licencing Act during the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly.

“Madam Speaker we have passed laws in this country that are not being adhered to and are not being enforced. Madam Speaker I go into restaurants and hotels. We have passed anti smoking legislation and I see people smoking and nobody saying anything,” he said.

“This has to stop Madam Speaker. When we pass laws they must be enforced.”

He lamented that such establishments must post no smoking signs.

“We have to fine them under the law. I am in the process of sending out some new advertisements and I am threatening them that they will be fined because second hand smoke is killing people. It’s a known fact,” he said.

This news site has observed on many occasions that even though persons are not allowed to smoke on the premises, they can legally stand outside of the establishment within feet of other patrons sitting in the premises and smoke. In those instances, the non-smokers are just as affected by the second hand smoke as if they were standing or sitting right next to the smoker.

33 Responses to “Establishments failing to post 'No Smoking' signs will be fined – Hon Skelton ”

  • strupesss (29/01/2016, 08:32) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    this man always trying to find a way to get money out of people!!! relax parna...
    • Fat Albert (29/01/2016, 09:00) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
      Obviously you are not educated about second hand smoke or else you would not have made such a stupid statement.

      • micky mouse (29/01/2016, 10:46) Like (1) Dislike (20) Reply
        strupess, You not like the Minister ,but what he is say is true.Or Maybe you also smokes.If the latter statement .Go ahead and commit suicide. When people go to private clubs,they think that law does not applies to them.So that smokes any way.
    • Dem Say (29/01/2016, 10:07) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      He looking out for your health. Stop being an A$$!
    • veronica (29/01/2016, 10:30) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ strupesss...You are so misinformed and really should not comment on anything you know nothing about. Your name strupesss says it all. Second hand smoke is very life threatening. The law was passed years ago for establishments to post and make sure there is no smoking in the place. This is to ensure your own safety as well as everyone else. When I go into any public place and I smell someone smoking, I immediately say very loudly "there is no smoking allowed in here" and then I go to the manager to make sure they nip it in the bud asap. I am Happy Mr. Skelton is making these owners enforce the law. Nothing can ruin your nice dinner out than a mouthful of someones nasty, stinking, cigarette fumes. Thank you Mr. Skelton. Fine their behinds!
    • Noise (29/01/2016, 12:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about the noisy a$$ scooters around that make more noise than a train in our little community??? How about cracking down on that too
    • edgar (30/01/2016, 00:12) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is a cigar bar coming to the pier park - by definition it should never have got a trade licence - i hope they shut it down on day one
      • Ha! (30/01/2016, 12:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You wish!!
      • Agree (31/01/2016, 23:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        How can you promote no smoking but allowing a cigar bar in operation that permits smoking on the balcony? Then that becomes public smoking!!! So many conflicts of law and permissions.
  • Really? (29/01/2016, 08:56) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Although it is a known fact that second hand smoke increases the risk of smoking related diseases, how many cases of such diseases have been diagnosed in the BVIs? Secondly, for sure fine establishments where smokers are seen, but to exact a fine because a sign is not in evidence seems excessive. Signs and labels are not very reliable methods to modify human behavior. Look at cigarettes packs. They all have a label but people still smoke. Why not fine the smoker instead?
    • Diet (29/01/2016, 10:06) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      The foods that we consume daily do more damage to us than anything else. The mold in most of the buildings rented in town is horrific. The toxins released at spas, salons etc. are far worst than tobacco smoke. The smoke/oil from the roadside food and jerk stands is safe I guess. Nothing wrong with persons standing in line waiting for food while that black smoke from the grill smacks them in the face and lungs.
    • Debbie (29/01/2016, 11:20) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes second hand smoke is dangerous but what this minister should focus on is the mold in the complex and the college minister mold is very dangerous also and their more what about the young ones who born with trace of cancer in their blood instead of coming with this to make money look after the little ones so they can get help early and take care of the mold problem remember you are the health minister .Why not try to collect the money owe to the hospital you will make more money that way and with the money do a study to see why so much people in the country is dying from cancer.
  • broke? (29/01/2016, 09:04) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    why yall looking so much diff reasons to take money from people??? yall broke????
  • one eye (29/01/2016, 09:09) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    hope he starts with fish bay businesses
  • Stop Already (29/01/2016, 09:23) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    this anti-smoking psycho stuff has long since gone over the top. Cut it out already, leave people alone, find
    something worthwhile to do. My Lord.
  • what did I miss (29/01/2016, 09:32) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is it the law or is it not? They can break their own laws when it is convenient and allow a smoke shop on the dock. People might not be going to the particular establishment, but when the door opens where will the smoke go? With an extractor, where will the smoke go?
    • Yes (29/01/2016, 09:59) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

      Places around the world have smoking laws and also have designated areas that allow smoking with certain restrictions. If you don't like smoke you don't go into a smoke shop. Where does the smoke from your car muffler/exhaust go?

  • okay (29/01/2016, 09:36) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply

    So it's okay for raw sewage to kill people. It's okay for supermarkets to market wholesale processed poison to our kids and other masses, it's okay for the rum companies to have a field day selling liquor and for our restaurants and other food places to sell plates of grease. This is causing a run on our dialysis unit at the Hospital, not smoking. Get with the program and address the issues that are killing off our people. We are losing people in their young age from Cancer and it's not cancer caused by smoking, so why aren't we trying to figure it out? Ironically most of the people we have lost especially recently to cancer never smoked and hardly drank any rum in their lives but they suffered and are gone. I think we should be looking at that instead. It's always said the BVI love to be in things and this is just another example. Let's do something because it looks good and feels good even though it makes no sense and has little or no impact on our lives. You can't smoke unless it's 50ft away. Does that make sense? Come on people. I agree someone shouldn't be able to light up at a restaurant or certain places but there are so many serious issues affecting our health here. He should champion the extremely bad air quality in the admin complex if he is really concerned about health. That mold in there is doing more damage than any 2nd hand smoke. the incinerator is also under Health and they kill the North Side with smoke and toxins. Come on Ronnie cut the sh*t out.

    • Lb (29/01/2016, 10:43) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
      Your comment is foolish. We start somewhere. We do not pick one area of concern over another. We simply tackle issues one by one. Smoking is one such issue. Yes there are other issues but you don't have to pick one over the other. Instead of being happy that he is tackling one issue and then provide suggestions for additional issues to be tackled, you simply want to be pessimistic and act like him tackling this smoking issue is a problem. Stop being negative for being negative sake! Sheesh
      • Heh heh (29/01/2016, 11:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        Baited as usual LB. Address the issues or hush, you must defend Ronnie. The point is there are bigger issues than this one under his belt so he needs to get with the program and stop grand standing.
  • BuzzBvi (29/01/2016, 09:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you want to pretend you care about upholding the law how about.
    Tint on windows?
    Scooters? Helmets? Traffic Regs.

    All we get from Government now is threats and more threats. Parking, NHI and now smoking sighns. Next they will be threatening to build an airport we cannot afford and finish us all off.
  • question (29/01/2016, 10:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    What if some tourists come off the cruise ships and smoke up in the Pier Park. Are they going to be fined? Are non-smoking signs going to be put on every building in the PP? The practicality????
  • question (29/01/2016, 10:03) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where does the chemicals for spas and hair dressers go? Are they required to have extractors at these establishments? What about the places that do nails with those highly toxic chemicals? Anyone policing those?
  • arab smoker (29/01/2016, 10:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who broke more laws than the government? Ask town and country planning!
  • krook (29/01/2016, 10:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the asphalt smoke, concrete cement and gravel dust from his quarry???
  • Ronnie is right (29/01/2016, 10:54) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Most smokers are foreigners who have little respect for our laws, culture, and values- worse are some of those traders who sit in front of their shops poisoning the public - I back Ronnie on this 1000 %
    • respect (29/01/2016, 13:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Respect is as respect does. If people have no respect for their place, how can you expect outsiders to respect the same place.
  • Serpico (29/01/2016, 11:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    "This has to stop Madam Speaker. When we pass laws they must be enforced.”

    REALLY RONNIE? The man who used to be in immigration was enforcing the immigration laws and ALL of you had problems with that. Stop the grandstanding on law enforcement.
  • Drag-On (29/01/2016, 14:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie - sort out the damn incinerator plant, asphalt plant and the other MAJOR GOVERNMENT polluters before you jump on this!
  • Truly (29/01/2016, 17:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please help Long Bush residents with all that smoke we have to inhale from the electricity chimney morning, noon and night.
  • Hmm (29/01/2016, 18:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    why all of a sudden he care bout our health?? chupes
  • Ttp (29/01/2016, 20:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Including the cigar bar that's opening on the cruise pier
    • wow (30/01/2016, 07:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      That's right-hand NDP who in charge of that so we know what good for the goose ain't good for the gander.

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