Litzman opposes ban on tobacco ads in papers

Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman opposes broad legislation to prohibit tobacco advertising in newspapers, but has agreed to “limiting” such ads, including the requirement of placing anti-smoking ads in the same newspapers that publish tobacco ads.

He spoke at Monday’s session on no-smoking law enforcement at the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.

Litzman, a Gur Hassid, is known to be closely associated with Hamodia, the ultra-Orthodox daily affiliated with Gur Hassidim and his Agudat Yisrael party that publishes many tobacco ads in a “religious” context. During his previous tenure as deputy health minister more than two years ago, he came out in opposition to the requirement that cigarette packs carry photos of dirty lungs and teeth to discourage children and youth from smoking, arguing that such illustrations were “not aesthetic.”


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