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Smoking in Türkiye

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Turkey. Smoking prevalence was 39% overall in 2000 and declined to 28% in 2015, with a further drop to around 22% projected by 2025. The prevalence of current smoking for men remains high. Men’s prevalence decreased significantly from 60% in 2000 to 43% in 2015, with a further decrease to 34% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 20% in 2000; this decreased to 14% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to 11% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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February 09, 2024 by

250 people die every day due to smoking in Türkiye: Expert

Dr. Şule Akçay, president of the Turkish Respiratory Research Association, highlighted the dangers of tobacco use on World No Tobacco Day. She emphasized that smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancers and that one in every two tobacco users experiences health problems. Smoking is linked to various diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Akçay also warned about the increased prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and reproductive system complications among smokers.

June 15, 2021 by

Friends and marijuana: Survey reveals how Turks start drug use

Acomprehensive survey by Turkish police on drug use in the country sheds light on how first-time drug users acquire the habit. As part of the “Narkolog” project launched to examine social aspects of drug use, the police interviewed 33,056 people who were brought to police stations on drug-related crimes. The survey, whose results were published in Sabah newspaper on Monday, shows most first-time drug users take up the habit under the influence of close friends and others around them. The majority of them start the habit with marijuana use, according to the results of the survey carried out in 81 provinces in 2020.

February 09, 2021 by

Turkish expert explains addiction psychology on anti-smoking day

Every year, Feb. 9 is celebrated as the unofficial National Quit Smoking Day in Turkey. The occasion is used to remind the public through nationwide events of the dangers of the habit, as it is one of the leading causes of many diseases, particularly cancer. Expert clinical psychologist Simge Alevsaçanlar Cücü of Üsküdar University's NPISTANBUL Brain Hospital understands the psychological elements that are at play in cigarette addiction, which she highlighted to mark the special day.

February 26, 2020 by

Turkey bans import of e-cigarette products

Turkey on Feb. 25 banned the import of e-cigarettes and related products, announcing the decision in the country’s Official Gazette.

The ban covers all kinds of products used for electronic smoking, including e-cigarette devices, accessories, spare parts and solutions.

It also applies to e-cigarette products that use heating or incineration, including electronic hookahs, regardless of nicotine content.

December 09, 2019 by

Plain tobacco packing hit shelves in Turkey to curb smoking

Turkey continues its drive against the health risks of smoking as the new rule forces all tobacco products and cigarettes to bear plain and standard packages.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report said that more than 8 million people lose their lives every year because of smoking-related diseases.

Yüksel Denli, the head of the Tobacco and Alcohol Department of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, said that the new regulation is intended to eliminate the attractiveness of tobacco products and boost deterrent effects of packages by increasing visual health warnings.

October 21, 2019 by

Erdogan says he will never allow vaping, will block e-cigarettes in Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he will never allow electronic cigarette companies to produce their products in Turkey, urging Turks to drink tea instead.

Speaking at an event against smoking in Istanbul, Erdogan said he had ordered his Trade Minister “never” to allow e-cigarettes in Turkey and said that tobacco companies were “getting rich by poisoning” people.


“They asked us for a place and permission to produce these (e-cigarettes). We didn’t give it to them and we will not,” he said, without saying which firm or firms he was referring to.

October 03, 2019 by

Turkey to ban e-cigarettes, says health minister

Turkey is preparing to ban the use of e-cigarettes and stop them from entering the country, Health Minister Faruk Koca said.

Koca said that ministry was currently working on the legal regulation for the ban and it would soon be brought to parliament, independent news site Diken reported on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is a fierce opponent of smoking, has labelled e-cigarettes as products as “bizarre” and addictive. In September, he said the ministry and customs officials were working to ban the entrance of e-cigarettes into the country.