So we’re liv­ing longer...

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

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

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