I visited the Kanyon in Petach Tikva the other evening with my fiancee - we were just looking for somewhere to grab a coffee and do a little shopping in the vicinity of her home. It's a fairly standard mall - much like Jerusalem's Kanyon Malcha in terms of the layout and the shops that it has to offer - not the sort of place I'd cross the country to visit.
One thing did strike me though - around the Kanyon, on almost every available pillar, were big "No Smoking" signs. Even more striking was the fact that people seemed, for the most part, to be complying with the restriction (which is the law and has been for quite a while).
When we sat down for a coffee, there was a separate, enclosed room for smokers - as required by law. A far more pleasant experience for me then having someone puffing away in my face from the "smokers section" - often just a table away.
This reminds me of my favourite smokers' section story - told by a friend who swears that it's true (and I have no reason to doubt him) no matter how unlikely it sounds. In the old days, the smoking section on a plane was usually at the back of the plane - not so on Turkish Airways however - there the appropriate section was (drum roll) the right side of the plane.
Enforcement of no smoking laws in Israel is fairly pitiful. The compliance with the law regarding smoking sections in restaraunts is also usually poor with the law being regarded as a recommendation which can be ignored. As long as this situation continues, smokers regard it as their right to light up wherever they want. My challenge to you as a smoker is to respect the law and to you the non-smoker is not to turn a blind eye but to ask smokers to put out their cigarettes fi they're being smoked illegally.