man smoking 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Health Ministry has asked local authorities to be especially rigorous and
active in handing out fines to smokers in public places and workplaces on
Thursday and Friday, which is World No Tobacco Day. The event, marked around the
globe since 1987, is aimed at increasing awareness of the deadliness of
Inspectors will visit hospitals, swimming pools, bus and train
stations, government offices, wedding halls and other spots to catch smokers in
According to the 2012 Smoking Report delivered by Health
Minister Yael German on Monday, only 2,500 smoking fines were handed out that
year all over the country, even though the municipalities have many hundreds of
Not only smokers themselves will be fined, but
also owners of premises where the violations are carried out, as owners are by
law responsible for enforcing the laws or reporting violators to the
municipalities and local authorities.
Ministry director-general Prof.
Ronni Gamzu asked the municipalities to send in written reports by next week
reporting how many fines they handed out and where.
ministry has not financed any new public service announcements on TV or radio in
honor of the occasion, claiming that it lacks the funds, and German did not hold
the traditional No Tobacco Day press conference, but only appeared with the
report in the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee.
Israel Cancer Association (ICA) is sending messages to thousands of young people
about to take driving tests stating that smoking while driving – and at all – is
deadly. Leaflets stating that “A cigarette kills you in many ways” will be
distributed. They explain that smoking while driving not only distracts drivers
and can burn the upholstery, but also poisons passengers through secondhand
smoke in a closed space.
New published research has shown a significant
connection between smoking among men and women and contracting acute myeloid
leukemia (AML), the ICA said. The more cigarettes smoked and the more years of
smoking, the higher the risk of getting AML.
Other studies have shown
that women who smoke during pregnancy pose a higher risk of developing obesity
and diabetes among their daughters.