Turkey after smoking ban cigarette consumption reduced..

February 17, 2009 - Turkish authorities said on Sunday, February 15, 2009 that 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 & Alcohol Market Regulation Agency (TAPDK), told AA correspondent.

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

Kucuk said that there had not been any tendency of decrease in cigarette sales in other countries in the world in the first four or five years after they had enacted a cigarette ban. The reduction in cigarette sales in Turkey in the second half of 2008 indicated that the regulation was being implemented well, he also said.

Reference: Cigarette consumption decreases in Turkey after ban, HurrriyetDailyNews, 2/15/2009.

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