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Cigarettes Better Than Narcotics

One in every four Israeli school students smokes cigarettes regularly and another 11 percent smoke occasionally, the Ministry of Health reported on the basis of a survey of 2000 such students in Israel’s major cities. The students indicated their main reason for smoking were that their “best friends” grown-ups,” the survey found. About half of the steady smokers reported they had started the habit as early as the age of 14. The one consolation Health Ministry officials drew from the findings was that “at least, it’s just cigarettes and not narcotics.”

There will be no News Bulletin on Oct. 11 because of Columbus Day.