|Our President Dr. Mustafa Aydın held meetings with the Minister of Health Recep Akdağ , AKP Trabzon Deputy and Parliamentary Health, Family, Labour and Social Affairs Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl , and President of TAMRA Mehmet Küçük for the application of the Tobacco Control Law Act 4207.
On the 3rd of January, 2008 this law was accepted by TGNA. In addition, on the 19th of January, 2008 this law was approved by the President of Turkish Republic and was issued in the Official journal.
Within this scope, studies for the improvement of 4207 numbered ‘Tobacco Products Control Law’ which was accepted in our country in 1996 were first initiated in June 2004 by means of a draft and outline text prepared by our own association. Those kinds of initiative activities by our institution was pleased by AKP Trabzon Deputy and Parliamentary Health, Family, Labor and Social Affairs Commission chairman Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdol. In 2005 we attended The National Tobacco Control Programme in Ankara where all sectors took place in this context work for the improvement of Tobacco Control Law that was accepted in 1996 which had been initiated for the first time in July, 2004. With the superior efforts of Trabzon representative and the Chairman of the Parliament Health Commission Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdol, Minister of Health Dr. Recep Akdag and support of our Prime Minister it was accepted in the Parliament on 02.01.2008 and was published in the Official Journal of Turkish Republic on 19.01.2008. It was put into practice in May 19,2008. On July 19, 2009 all the articles were put into practice With this law, our country had one of the most advanced and improved laws on this subject anywhere in the world.
“Smoking like a Turk” statement is now becoming a history.
Turkish Anti-smoking Association attended the preparations of ‘National Tobacco Programme’ which was held by the Ministry of Health in 2005 and lasted two days in Ankara where all the related sectors joined. In 2004, meetings were held about the ‘National Tobacco Control Programme’ including 4207 Numbered Law the first draft and outline of which are prepared by our own organization and which will cover the years from 2008 until 2012.
President of our association, Dr. Mustafa Aydin Attended to The National Tobacco Control Programme Cross-Sectoral Work Meeting as a representative of our association on the 23rd and 24th of December in 2004 which was requested by the minister.
In July 2004, extended law proposal related to the improvement of 4207 numbered law was given to AKP Trabzon Deputy and Parliamentary Health, Family, Labour And Social Affairs Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl by our own organization and those initiated studies are conducted under the roof of TGNA.
As a result of numerous Turkish Grand National Assembly visits by the President of our Association and the Board of Directors at different times between the years 2004-2008, primarily a draft and outline for the law proposal was offered in order to make radical changes in 4207 numbered Tobacco Products Control Law. For the enactment of this law, every step of this process was followed very closely and neatly from the Assembly Commissions to the General Meetings. The ones who were against our ideas struggled a lot to defeat us. Finally, this law which is considered to be the most improved law all over the world has been enacted primarily thanks to the magnificent struggle of AKP Trabzon Deputy and Parliamentary Health, Family, Labour And Social Affairs Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdol who is also one of our Board of Directors, by the valuable contributions of Health Minister Recep Akdag, and thanks to the determined approach of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.