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Let Me Light Up To Die!

The decision of the Turkish government to ban smoking in coffee shops has aroused fury among owners of the shops as well as disaffected customers who believe they have the right to light up. More than 10,000 coffee shop owners displayed their anger by gathering in Anakara to shout their defiance. They warned the government imposing a ban would crush their establishments and result in unhappy Turks. Among the protestors were many signs saying, “We Want A Smoking Initiative.”

Shops owners claim at least 10,000 workers have been fired as shop owners prepare for a sharp drop in business once the ban goes into effect. Some protestors even threatened to go on a hunger strike unless their demands were respected. Of course, we wonder if during the hunger strike participants will be allowed to smoke.

Of course, inherent in these fears is the belief it is certain that customers will not come to coffee shops if they cannot smoke. That is an assumption that must be tested.

Don’t Light Up In Turkey Today

The Turkish government has instituted a new policy which bans smoking in any enclosed area of the country, much to the anger of business establishments such as restaurants and coffee houses. Most smokers believe the new law will be difficult to enforce despite the fines accompanying violations of its requirements. Smoking will be prohibited on all forms of pubolic transportation and well s within some open-air areas such as ourtyards of eductation buildings. The public appears to support the law with about 87% indicating they agree with the intention of the health aspects of the new legislation.

Many people in Turkey are heavy smokers who average about a pack a day so this law will be an interesting test as to whether public health will predominate over the inclinations of people to smoke themselves into dangerous health situations. Almost forty percent of the populations doubts if the ban can be implemented let alone be successful.

The law also makes illegal throwing away the stub of a cigarette unless it is placed in a garbage bin. Time will tell if the ban on smoking creates a smoke proof Turkish socity.