Limitations Approved for Electronic Cigarettes

YERUSHALAYIM -
An electronic cigarette.

The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee has approved Health Ministry recommendations on limits for electronic cigarettes. According to the rules, electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery devices will not be allowed to have more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter. Products that are designed to help smokers break off use of real cigarettes will be allowed more leeway. In addition, marketers will be required to sell electronic cigarettes in tamper-proof packages that cannot be opened by children.

According to attorney Michal Goldberg, who spoke before the committee, the packaging rule was necessary in the wake of a tragic incident that occurred two years ago, in which an infant drank the material that goes into an electronic cigarette.

Committee chairperson MK Eli Alalouf said that “in recent weeks we have been subject to efforts by lobbyists and companies not to enact rules against electronic cigarettes. However, they are part of the same product category that has harmed the health of the public. Therefore we will not surrender to the pressure. This committee will continue to fight against smoking in all its forms, and in any way that can harm the Israeli public.”