Dying horribly from smoking is ‘not aesthetic,’ Mr. Minister!

Studies show that soldiers who smoke shoot less accurately, endangering their own safety and that of others.

September 5, 2017 14:15
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IDF soldiers share cigarettes while resting in the shade near the central Gaza Strip in July 2014.

IDF soldiers share cigarettes while resting in the shade near the central Gaza Strip in July 2014.. (photo credit: FINBARR O'REILLY / REUTERS)


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In 2005, Israel ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). In the ensuing years the smoking rate, which had been about 45% in the early 1980s, fell to under 20%.

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. A recent Health Ministry report indicated a rise in smoking rates to 22.5%, ranking Israel 28th out of 35 countries in Europe, which has the highest rate of smoking in any region in the world.


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