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Israel bans smoking from almost all public places

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:695
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A committee of Israel's parliament unexpectedly adopted regulations last week that make its antismoking laws among the toughest in the world.

    Soon after returning from the recess called because of the prime ministerial election, the Knesset's labour, social affairs, and health committee approved the banning of smoking in the public places where it was not already banned.

    In three months, when the new restrictions take effect, smoking will be banned in all hospitals and medical clinics, public areas of shopping malls, public corridors or waiting rooms, lecture halls and celebration halls, …

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