Rami Levy promises to clear stores of tobacco in another 2 years.
Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has become “the first government hospital” in the country to prohibit voluntarily the sale of tobacco products in shops, kiosks and vending machines on its whole campus.
It has thus altruistically decided to abandon the annual income of hundreds of thousands of shekels from commissions and rentals, he said.Originally, Rambam said on Monday it was the “first hospital in the country” to prohibit tobacco sales in its territory, but when the Jerusalem Post, found at least two other medical centers – Jerusalem Shaare Zedek and Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus – which would not allow the sale of tobacco For many years, even decades, Rambam changed his statement, “the first hospital of the state.”
Administrative decision, which came into force this month, with the result in principle – to promote good health, said Director General of Rambam Rafael Beyar, himself an interventional cardiologist. Beyar, who initiated the move, said the clinic every day witnessed the damage caused to the health of cigarettes were “to make a clear statement” to combat smoking.
When the Post asked the Health Ministry whether it would now prohibit the sale of tobacco at all other government hospitals – it responded: “The ministry congratulates Rambam Medical Center and its blessed activities in fighting smoking and hopes all hospitals in the country follow in its footsteps.”
After prodding, the ministry expanded its response and said its director-general, Prof. Ronnie Gamzu, will “consider, within his authority, directing all the general hospitals to prevent the sale of cigarettes” on their premises.
Beyar said that in recent weeks, his hospital has made great efforts to create a “smoking corners” in specific areas, hospitals and educational and informational signs prohibiting smoking in particular outside the door leading into the hospital wards where smoking is particularly annoying, and unhealthy.
Rambam is one of the few hospitals where the municipal arms inspectors from the fines for smoking in places where it is prohibited. 1000 NIS fine for each violation, Beyar, adding that he knows the public, obviously, will continue to buy tobacco off campus and try to use the product inside, “but we are planning further steps” to prevent violations.
The National Council for Smoking Prevention Amos Hausner said his head; he congratulated the Rambam as hospitals, which makes healing “should not sell death.” But Hausner said many times those hospitals and other public agencies should not allow indoor smoking rooms in all, and all those who insist on smoking should go out. Hausner also urged the IDF to ban the sale of tobacco products in canteens and other facilities.
“If they are, the soldier can bring them from home, but they must not smoke in the room,” he said.
He noted his disappointment that many of the religious observant people are smoking, but very well-known rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Wosner of Bnei Brak, ruled that it is prohibited to sell tobacco products, not to mention their use.
Supermarket and cellular telephone magnate Rami Levy, who said he personally does not smoke or allow close family members to do so, let’s mehadrin (Ed Haredit kosher under supervision), a supermarket in Givat Shaul Jerusalem to rent a tobacco shop in the building, Ed Haredit rabbis are not prohibited from working even if it is widely accepted that smoking violates Jewish law.
When asked, more than a year ago, why it does not prohibit the sale of tobacco in their entire chain, but particularly in the store mehadrin, Levy said it would take “years” for the expiration of the contract with the company that owns all the shops and vending machines in its the chain. But on Monday, he said the company has contracts report to continue to supply tobacco products to its chain, thereby extending the contract for two years. Levy promised, however, that he would halt all sales of tobacco products in their stores in two years when the contract with the supply runs out.
On December 21, the Ministry, prohibit the installation of cigarette vending machines within 1,000 feet of schools and other educational institutions. From 1 January 2014, the use of vending machines of tobacco will be banned completely, giving suppliers time to “make their investment” in cars, even if they can be easily upgraded at once to sell other products.