Proposed state legislation to prohibit e-cigs released by Health Ministry

The use of e-cigs would be prohibited in public locations, just like tobacco products themselves, if the bill passes.

September 14, 2014 18:08
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No-Smoking Sign

No-Smoking Sign. (photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)


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A government bill aimed at prohibiting the production, import, marketing and advertising of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and its equipment was made public on Sunday by the Health Ministry.

After studying the issue in depth in recent months, the ministry decided that e-cigs are “dangerous products” rather than beneficial for getting smokers to kick the habit.

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The bill is part of its effort to struggle against smoking and to prevent smoking in public places, the ministry said. The use of e-cigs will be prohibited in non-private locations, just like tobacco products themselves, if the bill passes.

Not only do e-cigs contain chemicals that endanger public health when they are smoked, but an electronic cigarette filled with liquid killed an Israeli child over a year ago.

Last March, the ministry made public a draft of regulations it wanted against e-cigs and invited public comments. After addition consideration and the realization of the importance of the bill, it decided to prohibit all e-cigs and the paraphernalia involved in using them. The Justice Ministry, the deputy attorney general and professional health experts were consulted in the preparation of the bill.

The detailed, 11-page bill will be publicized in Hebrew on the state website where government bills are published.

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