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Court acts on Israel's poorly enforced ban on workplace smoking

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:218

Jerusalem Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

Israel's High Court of Justice has set an international precedent in enforcing a World Health Organization convention intended to protect people from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

In what is believed to be the first major national legal application of provisions of the WHO's framework convention on tobacco control, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein allowed an appeal by Irit Shemesh, a pregnant woman who was exposed to secondhand smoke in a Jerusalem restaurant despite Israel's strict law against …

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