Rate of Israeli Smokers Dropped 14% In 2012, Survey Shows


smokingThe number of smokers in Israel is continuing to decline, according to a Health Ministry study published ahead of World No Tobacco Day, which will be marked this coming Friday to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The report, which by law is submitted annually to the Knesset, shows that the proportion of smokers in Israel has declined 14 percent within one year. The report is based on surveys conducted by the Center for Disease Control at the Health Ministry, and its findings suggest the continued tax increases on cigarettes may be having an effect on the number of people who kick the habit.

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{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}