Officers attended a face-to-face sensitization event in August at the Windjammer International Cuisine & Comfort Inn in Georgetown. The event, organised by the Ministry of Health, brought together a number of key stakeholders and activists. These individuals actively participated in lengthy talks on various aspects of tobacco law. Furthermore, significant emphasis was placed on the critical procedures required for the promotion of a healthy population. The session was organised around three key components: a brief overview of the Tobacco Control Act 2017, an examination of the effects of smoke-free rules and second-hand smoke, and an examination of the practical implications of the TAPS Ban. The facilitator underlined the need of eliminating all forms of tobacco-related public health hazards (TAPS) as the only viable way of combating the worldwide tobacco epidemic. The facilitator went on to say that tobacco use is a substantial contributor to early death worldwide. The substance in question contains a significant amount of hazardous compounds that, when snuffed, chewed, or smoked, contribute to the deterioration of bodily organs and give rise to a number of dangerous conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory ailments, diabetes, and pulmonary disorders, including chronic bronchitis. Furthermore, the aforementioned behaviour increases vulnerability to immunological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, and a variety of ophthalmic ailments.
Tobacco use causes a steady deterioration and incapacity of the human body’s physiological functioning, ultimately leading to a decrease in productivity in the workplace. Individuals who become ill, as is unavoidable, place an additional demand on the government’s healthcare services. This, combined with falling salaries and the possibility of death, generates enormous agony for their families.

  The broad nature of Guyana’s tobacco control legislation distinguishes it. For example, it has authority over marketing. Individuals under the legal smoking age should not be sold cigarettes, and cigarettes should only be provided in packed form rather than loose. Furthermore, all cigarette packaging, particularly cigarette boxes, should include written health warnings as well as prominent pictorial warnings portraying the harmful effects on the human body. These warnings should take up at least 60% of the visible space. Furthermore, precautions should be taken to protect nonsmokers.
The effectiveness of anti-tobacco programmes in developed countries has resulted in a significant decrease in cigarette consumption.