Cigarette Distributors Division v. Ministry of Health

Owners of automatic cigarette vending machines challenged a law prohibiting the sale of cigarettes through such machines. The Supreme Court held that the infringement of the seller’s property rights and the right to freedom of occupation is justified as the law is rationally connected to the important public interest in limiting the access of minors to tobacco products, minimizing the risk of smoking, and restricting the advertisement of tobacco products.


Cigarettes Distributors Division v. Ministry of Health, HCJ 5975/12, Israel Supreme Court (2013)

  • Israel
  • Jul 3, 2013
  • Israel Supreme Court, Sitting as High Court of Justice


Plaintiff The Tel Aviv Chamber of Commerce, Division of Cigarette Distributors in Automatic Machines


  • Israeli Knesset
  • Ministry of Health

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Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

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Type of Tobacco Product