Tobacco Use and Smoking in Israel: Youth and Young Adults

Richard Isralowitz, Alexander Reznik, Itay Pruginin, Maria Bolshakova

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Purpose of the Review: Tobacco smoking is a major cause of death and disease. In Israel, it has been reported that 22.7% of the population aged 18 and over smoke, mostly using cigarettes. Another smoking method is through a water pipe called hookah or nargila. This paper reviews recent studies of tobacco use among Israeli youth and young adults as well as research conducted by the Ben Gurion University, Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center. Recent Findings: Study findings evidence high rates of smoking linked to being male, secular, non-Israeli origin, and school dropout. Hookah use may be a “gateway” to cigarette smoking. Youth and young adults reported they believe smoking prevention programs are not effective and do not have a noticeable effect on smoking-related attitudes and behavior. Motivation, peer-supported activities in school and the community, and family factors have been found to be important for possible smoking cessation. Summary: This article suggests multiple factors be considered, organized, and sustained to promote smoking cessation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Addiction Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Dropouts
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Israel
  • Religiosity
  • School youth
  • Smoking
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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