Electronic Cigarettes Banned in Israel


cign.jpgThe new electronic cigarettes have been banned in Israel by health officials after the American FDA reported they contain chemicals that are carcinogens.

Health Ministry officials warn against the use of the electronic cigarettes that were already imported and sold, even those not containing nicotine.

It should be pointed out that the FDA has not prohibited the sale of the cigarettes, but the Israel Health Ministry has opted to adopt a stricter approach.

The cigarettes have been in the marketplace since about 2004, coming from China for the most part, but they only made their way to Israel in the past year.

The cigarettes sold in Israel came with or without nicotine, and in a number of flavors including chocolate and mint. They sold here for about NIS 400.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. First of all, I have to note that the link by “reported” doesn’t actually link to anything the FDA said, rather it links to an article about an overzealous senator writing a letter to the FDA.
    Second of all, this product very clearly helps people quit smoking, I know several people who it has worked for. In Israel, which has a significant smoking rate, this product could be extremely useful.
    The fact that no one is actually testing it, preferring to ban it out right, sounds very suspicious to me. Perhaps the tobacco-lobby has more sway in Israel than I had thought.

  2. The whole thing is a big joke. Dangerous indeed! Why don’t they ban real cigarettes? Of course the cig. companies are pushing to have it banned, because they are losing business. This makes a good candidate for a “That’s Outrageous!” column.