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Israel Smoking by the Numbers

Smoking Reduction

Smoking rates have declined in men and women from 38.6% and 22.1% in 2000 to 27.3% and 12.6% in 2013, according to the latest data available.

Tobacco Types

The most common type of tobacco is boxed cigarettes at 87%, followed by hand-rolled cigarettes, and then pipes.

Tobacco Deaths

The number of tobacco related deaths has decreased from 130 to 79 per 100,000 from 1990 to 2017. With men decreasing 165 to 106 and women 101 to 57.

Breast v Lung Cancer in Women (Deaths, 2017)

Breast:5.12%, Lung: 3.29%

Media Dialogue

Media coverage focuses on the high smoking rates in the military, tobacco farming territory disputes, and contradicting anti-smoking efforts by the government.
“The easiest way to end smoking in Israel would be to first give smokers knowledge about the difference in risk between different products, and second, not to limit those products with taxes and disproportionate advertising bans.”

– Zvi Herzog, Anti-smoking activist

Public Smoking


Smoking is prohibited in government buildings, educational facilities, hospitals, sports facilities, and buses. 

Point of sale Displays


Advertising ban.

Branded Packs

Text warnings are required to cover 30 percent of all tobacco packaging surface area. There has been recent interest in adding pictorial warnings, but this has been met with opposition by some government officials.

Attitudes and Perceptions

How harmful are e-cigs compared to cigarettes?

Perception of relative harm of vaping devices. From the Foundation’s 2017 and 2019 Global Polls, participants were asked, “Do you think smoking e-cigarettes and vaping devices are more or less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes?”

*Data from the 2017 Global Poll


83.3% of Israeli smokers believe that using vaping devices such as e-cigarettes can be harmful (2017 global poll)


61.7% of smokers in Israel disagree that health warnings are exaggerated (2017 global poll)


If smokers in Israel had to give up smoking completely tomorrow, 60.3% of smokers feel they could stop smoking immediately (2017 global poll)


43.14% of Israeli smokers have tried to quit smoking without assistance (2017 global poll)

Have you ever spent money on cigarettes that you knew would be better spent on household essentials like food?

Would an increase in tobacco price have an effect on your current smoking habit?

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