<b>Israel: cigarette price increase post factum</b> <p>Knesset Financial Committee has passed the motion of the government increasing price on tobacco products.</p> <p>In fact, Finance Minister raised taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products almost a year ago. But the official decision confirmed by documents appeared only in April 22.</p> <p> Finance Minister in 2012 Yuval Steinitz signed an order to raise the tax on cigarettes. At the moment Steinitz is a Minister of Strategic Affairs. Hookah tobacco price was also planned to be increased, but the idea hasn't been approved yet. However the experts say such type of tobacco will rise in price as well very soon.</p> <div style="text-align:center"><img src="/img_news/Israel_tobacco.jpg" style="border:0;width:640px;height:370px" alt="Israel: cigarette price increase post factum" /></div>