25.5% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 1.5 million current smokers in Israel
35.2% of men are current smokers but only 15.8% of women
Smoking in Israel
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Israel show a decrease from 2000 (32%) to 2015 (25%), with a projection to decrease further to 22% by 2025. Women’s smoking prevalence has been declining year by year, from 24% in 2000 to 15% in 2015, and is projected to be around 11.5% by 2025. For men, smoking prevalence has also been decreasing, but more slowly, with 40% being current smokers in 2000, 35% in 2015 and a projection of around 33% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.
5,429 people in Israel die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 5.1 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
Heated tobacco products are regulated in line with tobacco products. The Finance Committee voted to enact and implement a new tax order in 2018 for heated tobacco products, thereby taxing heated tobacco sticks (HEETS) at the same level as cigarettes.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. However, an order bans the importation and sale of JUUL e-cigarettes containing >20mg/mL of nicotine.
Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Estimated NRT market size is 5.1 million €. In Israel is legal to purchase nicotine without prescription to using NRT. NRT is legal to market. NRT is available in Pharmacy.