The 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)