Chart showing tobacco use among youth in Turkey, 2003
International tobacco companies dominate the market, holding over 92 percent of the cigarette market share in Turkey. In 2008, Philip Morris International led with 40 percent of market share, followed by British American Tobacco (35 percent), Japan Tobacco (14 percent), and Imperial Tobacco (3 percent). In Turkey, more than 107 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.
Turkey ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 31, 2004.
Smoke-free environments: Turkey has a national ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces and public places.
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Turkey has a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. A few aspects of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are heavily regulated, but not completely banned.
Warning labels: Smoked tobacco products currently have a combined picture and text warning that covers 65% of the front of the pack and a text-only warning that covers 43% of the back of the pack. Smokeless tobacco products warnings must cover 30% of the front and 40% of the back of the pack, and may also include graphic warnings or texts.
Tobacco taxes: Turkey’s tobacco tax as a percent of retail meets minimum European Union (EU) standards. However, in 2009, Turkey’s average retail price of cigarettes was lower than the average price in all high income EU countries. Low prices result in lower tax revenues. Turkey’s cigarette excise tax revenue is among the lowest of major cigarette consuming countries in the EU.
Law on "Tobacco Control and Prevention of Hazards Caused by Tobacco Products," No. 5727, OG No. 26761, 2008
— comprehensive law on tobacco control establishing 100 percent smoke-free areas and strengthening existing laws on tobacco advertising and labeling
Law on "Prevention and Control of Harm from Tobacco Products," No. 4207, OG No. 22829, 1996
— regulates the smoking, sale, and advertising of tobacco products
Law on "Misdemeanors," No. 5326, OG No. 25772, 2005
— regulates smoke-free areas