A press conference was held with the participation of artists, bureaucrats and well-known people from the business world on 9th February 2010 for the World Anti-Tobacco Day in the Titanic City Hotel Taksim, Istanbul.
Assistant Governor and Tobacco Control Chairman Ahmet Aydin, artist Burak Kut, producer of Best FM Cem Arslan, composer Sezen Cumhur Onal, psychologist Alanur Ozalp, the owner of Enbe music band and musician Behzat Gerceker, and the Chairman of Ulker Food Metin Yurdagul participated in the conference.
Ahmet Aydin, who is the Assistant Istanbul Governor and City Tobacco Control Chairman said that it is not possible to withdraw/rescind the law of the ban of smoking in indoor areas and also he wanted citizens to inform the association about any violation of the law.
Dr. Mustafa Aydin, the President of the Turkish Anti-Smoking Association (TSSD), stated that the association highly contributed to the law of the restriction of smoking in indoor areas and also added that 110.000 people die of smoking and also 15 billion dollars is spent every year for tobacco products.
President of the Turkish Anti-Smoking Association, Dr. Mustafa Aydin also said that 400 billion is spent to fighting smoking. On the other hand, 600 billion dollars is spent for treating the illnesses caused by smoking. Saying that they lowered the appeal of smoking, he reminded the audience that there were some packets of cigarettes customized for the owner’s brand and it was seen as a kind of prestige product.
Artist Burak Kut said that although he smoked in the past, he quit smoking, trying to be a good example for everyone. He also added that with his latest album, he started a campaign called ‘do not smoke, listen to the music’ and he said that he wants to expand the campaign and reach larger audiences.
Musician Behzat Gerçeker said that education is very important in fighting against smoking and families’ responsibilities are crucial to prevent smoking.
Composer Sezen Cumhur Onal said that we need health in order to live in a peaceful way. He also said that there is a parellel relation between smoking and sorrow but smoking does not stop sorrow, instead it increases the sorrow.
Metin Yurdagül, who is the Chairman of Ulker company and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Aydin Univesity said that his brother died of smoking and so he gives special importance to this subject, he also said that he has not allowed indoor smoking at his companies for many years.
Vice-Chairman Güneri Ozsoy awards Istanbul Assistant Governor Ahmet Aydin and various artists plaques for their contributions in fighting against smoking.