Smoking cigarette 370.
(photo credit: Daniel Munoz/Reuters)
Although Health Ministry regulations only bar “smoking rooms” in health
facilities and government buildings, the Grand Canyon mall in Haifa is to become
the first business to voluntarily shut down its smoking areas. From February 15
the mall will only allow smoking outdoors, at a minimum of 10 meters from its
“We want clean air,” said mall manager Yisrael Savyon, who
pledged to fight smoking that “causes the deaths of many people, and disease in
Smoking is barred in workplaces and in a growing number of
public spaces, and owners of establishments where illegal smoking is carried out
are liable to enforce the laws or be at risk of paying NIS 5,000 per
incident. Smokers in places where it is prohibited can each be fined NIS
But the law is inadequately enforced by municipal inspectors, and
the ministry has not yet finished preparing regulations on signs and other
requirements to enforce the latest law that went into effect last July.