Although the Health Ministry’s bill to bar tobacco advertising in the print media failed to pass in the Knesset a few months ago due to vigorous lobbying by cigarette panies, public health head Prof. Itamar Grotto hopes its initiative to prevent the sales of electronic cigarettes does not share the same fate.
After four months’ preparation of a draft to prohibit the sale of both e-cigarettes and the chemicals that fill them, the document has been issued for the perusal of the public.Grotto hopes the document will reach the Knesset and be passed in another half year, he said on Monday.
But as e-cigs are a growing business here, legislation to protect public health could easily have trouble ove ing the vested interests.Most but not all e-cigs contain concentrated nicotine, an addictive drug and “medical poison,” according to the document. This quickly causes smokers to b e dependent on tobacco and goes straight from the lungs into the bloodstream and the brain.As increasingly stringent legislation has limited smoking in public places in Israel and abroad, causing tobacco panies to be worried about their i e and addicted users to worry about when and where they can get their “fix,” panies have increasingly developed and put on the market electronic cigarettes that give users the feeling of smoking without polluting their environment.
These, said the ministry, can be “even more dangerous” than smoking nicotine.Consisting of a battery, a device that heats the chemical and a container to store it,What it means for tobacco panies an electronic cigarette vaporizes the powder or liquid into synthetic smoke.
Although Israeli law bars smoking in public places, it has not yet set down any rules regarding the use of e-cigs in public places or their advertisement and marketing.A bill to include e-cigs in existing prohibitions has been tabled in the Knesset.
The ministry stated that e-cigs and related products “pose a severe health danger to the public.”When the chemical is nicotine, it is a psychoactive stimulant, a poison and addictive, and it releases adrenaline and dopamine. It is also used as an agricultural insecticide. As the nicotine in e-cigs is much more concentrated 24 mgs. during seven minutes of “smoking” pared to 1 mg. in tobacco it is more poisonous, the ministry document stated.