WHO to unveil new 2009 tobacco epidemic report in Turkey..


November 30, 2009 - Turkish health minister as well as WHO officials will take part at the meeting in Istanbul on December 9th. The World Health Organization (WHO), will make public this year's report on Global Tobacco Epidemic at a meeting to be held in Turkey in December for its efforts to create a smoke-free environment and its successful implementation of smoking ban in enclosed areas. (Turkish Government - makes major move to improve the health of its citizens..)

WHO report presents every year information from 179 member countries regarding tobacco epidemic and tobacco control policies. The organization releases its annual report every year in a different country or a city which has made significant progress in fight against smoking or become a role model for its combat against smoking.

Last year's meeting was held in New York that launched a smoking ban in restaurants and bars. London, Dublin, Mexico City, Montevideo and Istanbul were running to host this year's meeting. WHO decided to have this year's meeting in Istanbul because of the "%100 Smoke-Free Air Space in Turkey" which is successfully implemented since July 2009 after the smoking ban in enclosed areas.

Reference: WHO to unveil new tobacco epidemic report in Turkey, World Bulletin, 11/26/2009.

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