Plain-only packaging for tobacco in Turkey’s efforts to reduce smoking

Faizah Kamal 08-Dec-2019

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Turkey continues its drive against the health risks of smoking as a new rule forces all tobacco products and cigarettes to bear only plain and standard packages.

Over 8 million people die every year due to smoking-related diseases according to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The head of the Tobacco and Alcohol Department of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, Yüksel Denli, described the new regulation. He said the intention is to eliminate the attractiveness of tobacco products and boost the deterrent effects of packages, through increasing the amount of visual health warnings.

“The cigarette sales sections in the markets have a combination of appealing elements that encourage, especially young people, to use them. With plain and standard packages, we aim to eliminate their attractiveness,” explained Denli.

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