At the request of Vice Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman and as recommended by the professional staff of the Ministry of Health, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday signed an order prohibiting the import and marketing of Juul e-cigarettes.
The decision to ban the e-cigarettes, which contained a nicotine concentration of more than 20 milligrams per milliliter, was taken "because of the high risk to public health", the Ministry of Health announced.
Because of the ban, Israel is in compliance with the regulations in Europe, which ban the marketing of e-cigarettes. The ban is issued under the Pharmacist Regulation (new version – 1981).
Juul e-cigarettes contain nicotine without other tobacco products. Companies that place e-cigarettes on the market that contain nicotine represent them as a replacement for regular cigarettes and claim that the risk of consuming them is considerably less than with regular cigarettes, with nicotine burning and containing extra materials with tobacco that even more dangerous than nicotine.
Medical consensus is that e-cigarettes are probably preferable to the use of regular cigarettes, but are not healthy. Nicotine is addictive and has side effects. There is insufficient knowledge about the effects of the added materials that are added to the nicotine compound in e-cigarettes to enable them to produce vapor.
Opponents of e-cigarettes claim that the product can have a negative influence on the attempts to stop smoking by addicts who are able to stop completely without halfway products. They explain that the product tempts young people to consume nicotine and can cause them to smoke later. The rates for smoking are now falling in most Western countries; it is feared that if e-cigarettes are perceived as non-harmful, even people who do not consume ordinary cigarettes smoke it and harm their health.
Published by Globes [online], Business news about Israel – www.globes-online.com – on August 22, 2018
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