Fabian Demicoli

Introduction of Smoking Ban in Malta

Having seen
newspaper reports of comments made by him and having noted the way Minister
Louis Deguara chose to express himself in parliament on the matter, Mr. Philip
Fenech, president Hospitality and Leisure Division of the GRTU, has issued the
following brief statement.


“During my conversation with the journalist
who used my comments in her report, I did not state that economic considerations
come before health. I may have expressed myself unclearly, I may have been
misunderstood or I may have been quoted out of context. This is not
important.”

What was important was the underlying points I was making,
that is to say that all aspects of any matter have to be taken together. This
means that in the real world both health factors and economic factors have to be
taken into consideration.

Instead of wasting energy arguing who said
what, I respectfully suggest that the Minister seeks to abide by the undertaking
given to the GRTU on the way smoking was to be regulated. What the Minister is
now proposing is a total smoking ban in spite of previous statements to the
contrary and irrespective of the impact on small businesses.

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