The ’31 May World No Tobacco Day Program’ was organized by the Health Sciences University (SBU) at the Gulhane Complex, with the contributions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Green Crescent. Making the opening speech, SBU Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl said that 4-5 times more people died from tobacco than the number of people who died from the Covid-19 epidemic. Erdöl said, “Our struggle with Covid-19 should never be perceived as understating, I say it to emphasize that the fight against tobacco should be 4-5 times as strong as the fight against Covid-19” Deputy Chairman of the Green Crescent, Dr. Mehmet Dinç stated that they carried out a research related to the perception of cigarettes and tobacco as the Green Crescent Society during the Covid-19 period and said, “One out of every 4 people reduced their smoking habit during the epidemic period. It is a pleasing number, “he said.
‘SHOWN AS AN EXAMPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES’
World Health Organization (WHO) Turkey Representative Dr. Barty Berdyklchev said more than 8 million people die each year from tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. Stating that tobacco is deadly among non-smokers, Berdyklchev said:
“Passive exposure to cigarette smoke causes 1.2 million deaths a year. I can say that the Covid-19 epidemic increases smokers’ risk of getting sick and dying by 50 percent. This humanitarian and economic tragedy is shocking but also preventable. We have various tools for this, too. One of these tools is the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control WHO has developed a policy package called N-Power, which aims to reduce tobacco demand in order to support countries to implement this convention. I am happy to say that it is one of the first countries. This achievement is a testament to the Turkish government’s highest political commitment to tobacco control and health, and the government is an excellent example of the cooperation between the World Health Organization and other international health organizations and civil society. General Director t It has been shown as an exemplary model for other countries. “
‘WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY FROM SMOKING’
On the other hand, Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, regarding the works they carried out as the president, “In the circular we first sent to all our staff 3 years ago, we prohibited them saying ‘smokers will not go to Hajj and Umrah. Our professors, who also took the exam in the oral exams, will make an assessment according to whether the person taking the exam smokes or not. We brought this as well. We have to move this Muslim community and the faithful community away from cigarettes. We will contribute, “he said.