Turkey improves grade in WHO battle against smoking report card

July 15, 2011, Friday/ 16:58:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

According to a report recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Turkey's grade has improved in its battle against smoking, as reported by the Anatolia news agency.

The report, titled “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2011: Warning about the dangers of tobacco,” about the worldwide struggle with tobacco, evaluates its member countries based on the measures they have implemented to combat smoking.

The report assesses members based on “MPOWER” criteria. MPOWER stands for "Monitor" tobacco use, "Protect" people from tobacco smoke, "Offer" help to quit tobacco use, "Warn" about the dangers of tobacco, "Enforce" bans on tobacco advertising promotion, and "Raise" taxes on tobacco products.

Turkey's good grade signifies that it has successfully implemented policies in monitoring the use of tobacco and in implementing protective measures.

Turkey both maintained its good grade in protecting people from tobacco smoke and improved its support for people wanting to give up smoking.

However, when it came to the measure of warning about the dangers of tobacco, Turkey's grade has worsened. Although Turkey does use warning labels on cigarette packages, the size of the warning labels do not meet WHO requirements.

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