Israeli plans to sue tobacco companiesBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1709g (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1709
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Israel is the first country outside the United States to sue tobacco manufacturers to help cover the medical costs of treating people with smoking related diseases.
The deputy health minister, Shlomo Benizri, told the Israeli parliament on World No Tobacco Day on 31 May that the government had decided in principle to launch a 20bn shekel (£3.57bn; $5.71bn) lawsuit against the companies. Dubek, the cigarette manufacturer and importer, refused to …