The Healthy Caribbean Coalition

December 2nd - December 8th 2016


Where are the Caribbean Graphic Health Warnings?

Caribbean Lagging Behind in FCTC Article 11 Implemetation only 3* out of 20 CARICOM COuntries have Graphic Health Warnings (GHW)
The Canadian Cancer Society has released the 5th edition of its report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report.

The report finds more than 100 countries/jurisdictions worldwide have now required pictorial warnings, with fully 105 countries/jurisdictions having done so.

The report also finds that 4 countries require plain packaging, and 14 are working towards this legislation. Momentum is building worldwide for tobacco plain packaging.
There has been tremendous progress internationally in implementing package health warnings, with many countries increasing warning size, more countries requiring pictorial warnings, and an increasing number of countries requiring two, three, four or even more rounds of pictorial warnings.

The worldwide trend for larger, pictorial health warnings is growing and unstoppable, with many more countries in the process of developing such requirements. There is also enormous international momentum for implementation of plain packaging. Studies have confirmed that pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs have a direct effect on persons quitting and others not starting, especially youth.
Regional Cigarette Warning Packaging
Unfortunately the Caribbean is lagging behind despite CARICOM having approved regional standards. Of the 20 CARICOM countries, only 3* countries have Graphic Health Warnings (GHW): Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Suriname. Cayman Islands is ranked 148 (15% GHW), Jamaica is ranked 45 (60% GHW) and Suriname 57 (50% GHW). Countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, although having regulations for graphic health warnings, have not yet implemented them.

The HCC and the JCTC urge other Caribbean countries to quickly implement graphic health warnings as part of measures to implement Article 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). CARICOM has approved the Regional Standard for the Labelling of Retail Packages of Tobacco Products in December 2012, in collaboration with CROSQ (CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality).

CARICOM states can access this standard for their countries. More information about the Regional Standard can be accessed here.

* Cayman Islands work with the UK law, their pictures are from the UK, legislation was passed in the Cayman courts.

The Changing Tobacco Control Environment in Jamaica

Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is very concerned about news reaching Jamaican citizens that three companies are launching cigarettes in the Jamaican market, two of which have announced plans for sourcing tobacco for the manufacture of cigarettes from local farmers. Simultaneously an existing local company who distributes for a particular brand of cigarette with a relatively small market share, have stepped up promotion of their brand and have stated that they will be increasing their market share in Jamaica.  It appears that Jamaica is seen as a lucrative market that is conducive for the expansion of the tobacco industry.

Read the full statement here.

Playgrounds for an Aging Population

Outdoor exercise is good for older adults
The idea: Outdoor exercise is good for older adults both physically and mentally.

At the new playground at the Marion Diehl Senior Center in Charlotte, N.C., a preschooler scampers up a giant rope net under the watchful eye of his mother. A few feet away, community resident Blanca Rivas performs leg presses on a neon-green exercise machine designed to withstand the elements.

“I love being outside,” says the 64-year-old, who is trying to shed a few pounds. “The sun helps you keep moving.”

Long popular in China, Japan and parts of Europe and Latin America, adult playgrounds are popping up across the U.S., from Portland, Ore., to Tomball, Texas, to New York City, as organizations and municipalities cater to the needs of an aging populace. Read more

Community Playgrounds - Innovative Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

Christina Howitt
Chistina Howitt - HCC Physical Activity Advisor writes... Of the four risk factors for NCDs, physical activity (PA) receives the least attention and programmes aimed at reducing inactivity are woefully insufficient or altogether absent. The 2012 Lancet series on physical activity concluded that ‘physical inactivity is as important a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases as obesity and tobacco’ supporting the need for greater focus on interventions supportive of increasing active lifestyles and reducing sedentary behaviour.
The recent 2016 follow up Lancet series, Physical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges, underscores that interventions aimed at increasing physical activity have tremendous potential for the prevention of NCDs and dementia. Read more
Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development

Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development

Actions in line with this Bangkok Declaration will contribute at scale to these SDGs in an evidence-based, cost efficient and sustained way that will move nations, communities and individuals into everyday physical activity. Read the full declaration here.

Where are the Community Gardens in the Caribbean? 

Are you aware of any ongoing community garden projects/policies in the Caribbean? We are looking for initiatives targeting the improvement of health through diets. If you are aware of any such projects or policies please share with us by email at 

The European Response to Chronic Diseases – the role of civil society

A European regional meeting on ‘The European Response to Chronic Diseases – the role of civil society’, co-organised by the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) and the NCD Alliance and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, is taking place in Brussels between the 12th and 13th December, 2016.

The main objectives of the meeting revolve around the “Three C’s” of ‘Convene’, ‘Capacity’, and ‘Collaboration’. The meeting will result in an outline of key priorities for joint action for the NCD CSO movement in the WHO European region under the framework of the 2016-2025 WHO European action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, key recommendations and areas for collaboration between CSOs, WHO Regional Office for Europe, the NCD Alliance, and ECDA. For live updates follow #NCDsEurope. Read more

Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol and Cancer
10 things you might not know about Alcohol and Cancer - Read more

Caribbean Countries included in a Global Database of Food and Nutrient Consumption

In most nations worldwide, assessment of dietary habits has been limited by the absence of robust data on individual dietary intakes that can be used in comparative studies. Up to now, most global analyses have evaluated only single dietary factors or have used data on crude household expenditure or national food supply estimates that do not adequately capture individuals’ actual consumption levels.

By combining many sources of information, including adjusted FAO data and industry estimates, our final estimates were derived from dietary information drawn from 187 countries including Caribbean countries. We included data from 325 dietary surveys and 145 urinary sample surveys. The total number of individuals sampled in each surveyed country ranged from several hundred to more than 10 000. Read more

Children's Online Junk Food Ads Banned by Industry

Junk Food Ads Banned
Online ads for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are to be banned under new rules from advertisers. The Committee on Advertising Practice (CAP) said its restrictions would also apply to all other media where under-16s made up a quarter of the audience.

The rules are an attempt to help tackle obesity when children are spending more time online than ever before.

But critics say the new rules do not go far enough and may not have any impact. They point to the thousands of children watching TV shows and videos online not specifically targeted at children, which these rules will not cover. Read more

UK Pushes Ahead with Sugar Tax

UK Sugar Tax
The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. There will be two bands - one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml. Ministers hope it will help tackle the nation's obesity problem. Many companies have already begun cutting the amount of sugar in their drinks. Read more

HCC Sugar Infographics

Caribbean Sugar Infographics
Sugar Infographics
Infographics Caribbean Sugar
Caribbean Sugar
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados
Some Black Cake for Christmas...
Along with the alcohol content within the cake, the sugar and sodium ingredients must also be noted.

Dec 10th - International Human Rights Day - You Should Know Your Rights

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