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(Apr 02, 2008) On February 19, 2008, Israel's Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention and Exposure to Smoking in Public Places Law, 5743-1983. Prior to the passage of the amendment, the prohibition imposed by the 1983 Law did not apply to security forces because no employee-employer relationship existed. Among those not covered by the Law were the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Israel Police, the prisons authority, and security forces subordinate to the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Defense.

The 2008 amendment extends the application of the Law to all security services facilities. Enforcement of the Law, however, will be determined by the security forces by directives to be issued within four months following the amendment's entry into force. (Prevention of Smoking and Exposure to Smoking in Public Places (Amendment No. 3) Law, 5768-2008, the Knesset Web site, (last visited Mar. 10, 2008).)

Author: Ruth Levush More by this author
Topic: Workers safety and health More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Israel More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008