Cigarette consumption decreases in Turkey after ban

Turkish authorities said on Sunday cigarette consumption decreased in Turkey after a ban.

Cigarette consumption was down 1.1 percent in the second half of 2008 over the same period of 2007, Mehmet Kucuk, the deputy chairman of Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulation Agency (TAPDK), told AA correspondent.

“Cigarette sales were down 1.1 percent in the second half of 2008 after the cigarette ban entered into force,” he said.

Last year, a wide smoking ban was introduced in Turkey which was said to be challenging the cliche of “smoking like a Turk.”

Under the new law passed in January 2008, smoking will be banned in all enclosed public places including restaurants and bars as of July 19, 2009.

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