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Israeli lawmakers have voted to imposes the same taxes on electronic cigarettes as on regular cigarettes.

The Knesset Finance Committee made the decision on Sunday to impose a cigarette tax on the electronic cigarettes produced by Philip Morris Company.


The move came after a year-long struggle by the Israeli “Avir Naki” (“Smoke Free Israel” organization and Likud MK Yehuda Glick.

Together they petitioned the Supreme Court to force Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to impose the same taxes on electronic cigarettes as are levied on regular ones, until there is concrete proof that they are less harmful to the population.