Government Bans Smoking at Western Wall (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/02/12)
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People going to the Western Wall for HaShem to accept their prayers
will find smoking is not acceptable, the government ordered Wednesday
in an expansion of its anti-public smoking program.
The Knesset Health Committee, headed by Likud Knesset Member Chaim
Katz, approved new prohibitions to take effect in 30 days that will
comfort non-smokers who cough away while smokers puff away.
The new restrictions will include covered bus stops, train platforms,
swimming pool areas and places of entertainment. Public smoking areas
in restaurants and social halls will be limited to 25 percent of the
total space, but no more than 15 square meters.
Bus drivers will also not be allowed to smoke before passengers board
However, the committee stopped at prohibiting smoking at stadiums, a
move that would likely be met by howls of protests and would be
difficult to enforce.
The association of Israeli restaurants protested the new
restrictions, but Health Ministry director Prof. Roni Gamzu cut him
short and said, “You have to protect the children.”
Committee chairman Katz stated, “We are significantly reducing the
damage of smoking, but we must not exaggerate. there is a smoking
public in Israel that we have to serve, also.” (IsraelNationalNews ©
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