Cigarette vending machine 311.
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As of Wednesday, December 21, it is against the law to install cigarette vending
machines within 1,000 meters of schools and other educational
institutions. Starting on January 1, 2014, the use of tobacco vending
machines will be completely barred.
The delay for the complete
prohibition resulted from objections by vending machine companies and others,
who said they would lose money and needed time to make up for their losses,
although proponents of an immediate ban said vending machines for cigarettes
could easily be changed to sell anything from stamps and envelopes at the post
office to healthy foods and toys.
Last May, the government decided on the
basis of Health Ministry recommendations to adopt a national program for
reducing smoking and damage from tobacco, especially among children and youths.
One of the regulations was to bar tobacco vending machines in two years and
those within a kilometer of educational institutions now.
said it plans to enforce the rules against vending machine owners who violate
the law; the fine will be a prohibitive NIS 226,000. Until now, although
cigarettes cannot be sold legally to minors, any child could buy them from
Anyone can call *5400 to report violations to the