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29.3% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 18.2 million current smokers in Turkey

41.5% of men are current smokers but only 17% of women

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Data sourced: 2019.   Page updated: 2022-09-02

Smoking in Turkey

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Turkey. Smoking prevalence was 39% overall in 2000 and declined to 28% in 2015, with a further drop to around 22% projected by 2025. The prevalence of current smoking for men remains high. Men’s prevalence decreased significantly from 60% in 2000 to 43% in 2015, with a further decrease to 34% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 20% in 2000; this decreased to 14% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to 11% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

65,340

Deaths

65,340 people in Turkey die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

5.7 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 5.7 million €.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Turkey

In Turkey, heated tobacco products are regulated as ‘other tobacco products’ under the Law on Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Turkey

The legal situation with regard to the importation and sale of e-cigarettes is unclear, as there is a Ministry of Health Circular stating that they are banned, but there are also other laws that consider them as tobacco products in terms of age restrictions and public place bans. At the end of 2017, it was reported on the Vaping Post website that the Minister of Finance had announced that Turkey is withdrawing plans to start the importation and production of heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes. There are reports of vapers being fined for vaping indoors.

Snus

in Turkey

Snus is banned. Snus is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Turkey

Estimated NRT market size is 5.7 million €. In Turkey is legal to purchase nicotine without prescription to using NRT. NRT is legal to market. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.

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