So we’re living longer...
I read with much skepticism your November 13 front-page report “Israelis live 10.3 years longer than in 1970,” although, as the sub-headline says, “19.6% of those aged 15 and over smoke daily.”
Having spent the past eight years in Tel Aviv and traveling the country, it is very obvious that the percentage of smokers versus non-smokers is reversed. One cannot walk the sidewalks without being exposed to second-hand smoke.
The Health Ministry is deceiving the public. Most people smoke, including doctors and dentists; even inside Ichilov Hospital, the smoking room for the staff leaks toxic smoke to the entire floor.
The streets are full of cigarette butts. People who cannot afford the habit are addicted and have no choice. The ministry is allowing this smoke to destroy our country.
We are in trouble, and Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman and his ministry are perpetrating a crime by colluding with the cigarette industry and not protecting the citizens of Israel from this odious plague.
JOEL HANDELMAN Tel Aviv