MK Yehudah Glick on hunger strike for 13 days

Likud MK continues hunger strike to demand Finance Minister raise taxes on rolling tobacco, end 'circle of death' of smoking.

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MK Yehuda Glick
MK Yehuda Glick
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MK Yehuda Glick's (Likud) hunger strike entered its thirteenth day Sunday.

MK Glick began his hunger strike to demand that the tobacco tax be raised to prevent another youth from joining what he calls the "circle of death."

In a conversation with Arutz Sheva, MK Glick stated that "the rolling tobacco is cheaper and more tasty than buying a snack. It is easier to roll tobacco cigarettes with the guys. Therefore, together with the Health Ministry, the State Comptroller, three Knesset committees, and many other bodies, including Israeli and international health organizations, I am trying to pressure a man named Moshe Kahlon."

Glick demanded that the finance minister raise the tax on rolling tobacco at least to the level of taxes on regular cigarettes "so that it will be difficult for these children to purchase it, and perhaps this will prevent many hundreds of children from joining the same vortex from which it is difficult to escape. It starts with one cigarette, then two, and then there is already inside the cigarette an addictive substance and they join that terrible cycle of death that the world of cigarettes and tobacco and smoking causes."

"As a member of the Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, we were exposed and we did not know how dangerous this was. Every hour an individual dies from smoking. I saw fit to fight as a public emissary so that no more blood would spill and I would not have to say, 'My hands did not shed this blood,' and to do everything possible to prevent the continuation of this circle of death.

MK Glick said that the Health Ministry's latest report shows that the age of exposure to smoking is gradually declining. Previously children were exposed at the ages of 15 and 16. Today it is 13 and 14. Previously this was done privately. Today it is done in groups."

"They buy tobacco packages together, roll them together, and sometimes they add more materials. I heard this from school principals and youth villages in the religious community as well. I was approached by high school principals and elementary school principals.

According to Glick, cigarettes are more dangerous than any other kind of drug. "Cigarettes are the deadliest drug and it's as bad as any other drug. Cigarettes are more dangerous. They are more addictive and kill more than drugs and alcohol. I am also trying to promote a law in the ministerial committee on legislation that will increase the age to buy tobacco and cigarettes because most smokers start between the ages of 16-24. The higher I raise the age, the higher the chance that fewer people will start."