Jordan, January 9, 2019
Senate panel urges gov’t to enforce anti-smoking law

AMMAN — The Senate on Tuesday called on the government to implement the public area smoking prohibition law, or Public Health Law 47, which came as part of a number of Environment Committee recommendations.

The recommendations were produced by the Senate’s Environment Committee as a result of its meetings with officials from the Ministry of Environment, said Senator Yousuf Qusous, head of the Health, Environment and Population Committee, the Jordan News Agency Petra, reported.

It is estimated by health officials that about 3,100 Jordanians die each year from cigarette-related issues and that the number is rising, Petra added.

The recommendations also urged the government to start implementing the Zarqa River rehabilitation project, which the Cabinet passed in 2015.

The recommendations also covered more support for nature reserves, introducing regulations and laws better designed to manage them and increasing society’s role in protecting the reserves.

The notes highlighted the Paris climate agreement, which aims to control greenhouse gas emissions within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that the Kingdom signed in 2016, Petra added.

The committee also recommended forming a plan for waste management and upgrading the regulations in this regard, particularly for medical waste.