The number of smokers has dropped significantly in Turkey since the government imposed a ban on indoor smoking three years ago according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Turkey prohibited smoking on May 19, 2008, in workplaces and indoor public spaces. The ban was later extended to bars, cafés and restaurants in a move that brought laws in Turkey, one of the biggest tobacco consumers in the world, in line with legislation in Western Europe and North America.
It’s been three years since the ban was imposed; the rate of smoke addiction among men now stands at 40.7 percent, down from 47.9 percent and 13.8 percent among women, down from 15.7 percent.
The rate of indoor exposure to smoke also gone down from 38.5 percent to 14.9 percent, the rate of exposure to smoke fell from 55.9 percent to 13.9 in restaurants, from 16.5 percent to 10 percent on public transportation and from 11.3 percent to 7.4 percent in public buildings.
However there is only a slight drop in the number of people who believe smoking causes serious health problems, from 97.3 percent in 2008 to 96.2 in 2010.