Chokers in chokey: prisoners get right to smoke inside (comment added)

Inmates of Jamestown prison have been exempted from St Helena’s new ban on smoking in public buildings, which came into force on 1 September 2012. Under the law, anyone caught smoking in a public building is liable to a fine of £300 – which prisoners would struggle to pay. The prison service would also have […]

Art for heart’s sake: best anti-smoking posters chosen

More than 150 young people on St Helena have taken part in a poster competition intended to help islanders have healthier hearts and lungs, and avoid a host of fatal diseases. Cameron Johnson’s picture of Jonathan the tortoise – the world’s oldest known living creature and a noted non-smoker – was an example of the creative thinking […]

New smoking law ‘will combat health problems’ on St Helena

Banning smoking in public premises on St Helena will improve the health of smokers and non-smokers alike – including children. And that should mean less spending on medical treatment, according to senior environmental health officer Georgina Young. She said islanders would be given help to give up smoking, and nicotine patches are being imported. In […]

Bar owners divided over smoking ban

Some bar and club owners in St Helena fear their trade will suffer when tight smoking restrictions are introduced on 1 July 2012. But others are optimistic. The Tobacco Control Ordinance takes effect five years to the day after smoking was banned in public buildings in England. Critics blamed it for increased pub closures, but […]

Saint FM hosts studio session on new smoking rules

A studio discussion is being held by Saint FM on toughened-up smoking laws that come into effect in St Helena in September. Leigh Richards will host six guests on Wednesday, 19 June, at 10am St Helena time (11am UK time). They are: Frank Wastell, Crown Counsel; Jeremy Cairns-Wicks, police; Georgina Young, public health; Diana Roberts, […]

Campaign starts as smoking age rises to 18 (comment added)

Teenage smokers on St Helena will find their habit becomes illegal in public places from September 2012 – with the risk of a £500 fine if they break the new rules. At the moment, young people can legally smoke from their 16th birthday, but the minimum age will rise to 18. The law does not […]