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Study: Effect of Smoke-Free Law in Turkey.

Study: Effect of Smoke-Free Law in Turkey.

(ePharmaNews) - Among the actions that reduce the prevalence of smoking, the Turkish government issued a smoke-free law which has banned smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public places starting since July 2009. In January 2010, the government took another step against smoking by adding a 20% increase of tobacco consumption taxes. In order to study the effectiveness of these policies against smoking, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in "Atlanta" measured the rates of tobacco sales in Turkey before and after these laws.

In the study published in the European Journal of Public Health journal, the researchers calculated the monthly averages for tobacco sale before the laws by calculating the monthly sales between 2005 and 2009, and then compared rates with sales after the smoke-free law and after the increase in taxes on tobacco products.

The results indicated that the smoke-free law in public places has succeeded in reducing the tobacco sales by around 5%, and after the imposition of new taxes on tobacco products ,the sales were reduced by 14%, which proves the highly effectiveness of these policies in reducing the prevalence of smoking and thus reducing its  health risks.

“The effect of recent Turkish tobacco control policies could contribute to a reduction in the number of premature deaths related to tobacco use. Evidence has shown that periodic tax increases and strong enforcement of all tobacco control policies are essential to further decrease tobacco consumption." Said the researchers.

It is worth mentioning that the consumption of tobacco reached a peak between May and August each year, which has no clear explanation according to the study.

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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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