New graphic images on cigarette packages to be in line with Turkish lifestyle

The Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency (TAPDK) has prepared new graphic images, which serve as a visual warning system against smoking, to reflect a Turkish lifestyle and social values.

The TAPDK started warning smokers with both written statements and pictures as of Jan. 1, 2010.

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To make the graphic images on cigarette packages more effective, TAPDK worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, psychiatrists, academics and nongovernmental organizations’ representatives to produce new images that are in line with the Turkish lifestyle.

The new visuals and written messages include real stories and photos of people whose health was damaged by cigarette use. There are also photos of passive smokers. TAPDK is waiting for a response from the European Union before it begins printing the new visuals on the cigarette packages.

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