Cabinet to discuss plan to reduce smoking

The cabinet will on Sunday morning discuss a pioneering plan, prepared by a team of experts within and outside the Health Ministry, to reduce the amount of smoking in the population and thereby minimize the health damage it causes. The recommendations include the establishing of a special unit to fight smoking that would supervise the long-term effort to reduce smoking, which has gradually dropped to about 23 percent of the population but falls behind other Western countries.
If accepted, the plan will bolster protection of the non-smoking public against exposure to tobacco, as numerous laws passed years and even decades ago are not adequately implemented, and many other changes are needed to conform to the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that Israel ratified but has not fully carried out.
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