Anti-Smoking Association Adıyaman Branch President Mehmet Emin Yağımlı said that 110 thousand people a year die from smoking-related diseases in Turkey.
Anti-Smoking Association Adıyaman Branch President Mehmet Emin evaluated the decision of the Directorate of Religious Affairs on the smoking personnel of the cigarettes together with the damages of cigarettes on human and society. He said that the point we came regarding the prohibition of smoking is a good step, and emphasized that 110 thousand people a year die from smoking-related diseases in Turkey.
Head of Religious Affairs Ali Erbaş, stated that smoking personnel would not be assigned to the pilgrimage organization in the instructions sent to Muftiates, Religious High Specialization Centers and Education Centers in 81 provinces.
Yağımlı stated that the decision on the cigarette use of the religious staff is a good one and said,” The news regarding the decision of Presidency of Religious Affairs regarding the smoking ban for the religious staff, not assigning pilgrimage duty to smoking staff and preferring non-smoking candidates to the smoking ones made us very happy. In this respect, we congratulate the Presidency of Religious Affairs. I am very happy, I am glad and we support this decision as an association. I have been a long time imam in the central districts and villages of Adıyaman. We’ve been fighting cigarettes for 20 years. We’ve been wandering around schools for 20 years, trying to tell people how harmful the cigarette is. It’s very exhausting.