Knesset to hear bill limiting cigarette ads, sales

May 27, 2013 02:10
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A bill introduced in the previous Knesset to further limit smoking advertising was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday and will be sent to the plenum for its second and third (final) readings.

The bill will require cigarette packets to bear shocking visual messages to turn smokers off; bar advertising of tobacco products in the printed press and on the Internet; and prohibit tobacco companies from giving sponsorship to sports, students and other events. In addition, pictures of fruits will not be allowed on nargila (hookah) packages, as they mislead the public, especially the young people who smoke water pipes.

In addition, the Health Ministry warnings must cover 30 percent of the packet face instead of the 5 percent required today. Gum, candy, toys and other products may not be produced in the form of tobacco products, because it gives smoking a positive image to kids.

Cigarettes will no longer be handed out free or for joining a direct marketing list.

The bill will also put more responsibility for illegal sales of tobacco on kiosk owners, just as they are barred from selling alcohol to minors. They must check the identity cards of would-be customers to ensure they are over 18.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 23, 2018
Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto