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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.