World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had achieved remarkable results in the fight against the use of tobacco products over the last four years.
Attending the "May 31 World No Tobacco Day" activities organized by the Turkish Green Crescent Society on Friday, Erdogan said, "Turkey has achieved remarkable results in the fight against the use of tobacco products over the last four years. The rate of smoking in the population over the age of 15 has fallen to 27 percent from 31 percent in four years."
Erdogan also reminded that Turkey was among the 12 countries that signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and added, "Even the issue of health is enough to understand the sensitivity in the fight against smoking."
General Director of WHO Margaret Chan said Turkey's success in controlling smoking astonished many observers in the world.
Pointing out that Turkey was a source of inspiration for the whole world in the fighting against smoking, Chan said, "these practices in Turkey make unhappy the tobacco companies that declared me and Erdogan as archenemies."
Chan presented "The Special Prestige Award of Global Smoking Control" to Erdogan.