“Tobacco use a threat to the environment” panel of the University of Health Sciences

According to the Anadolu Agency;

Ankara (AA) – University of Health Sciences (SBU) Rector Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl said that as a result of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Act adopted in 2008 and its accompanying practice, the tobacco use rate in Turkey, which was 31 percent, has come down to 27 percent.

On May 31, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, a “Tobacco Threat to the Environment” panel was held at the Gulhan Medical Faculty.

Speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the panel, Professor. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl recalls that under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, important research on cigarette addiction has been carried out since 2002, and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Act, one of the rare laws where all political parties jointly enacted in 2006.

Professor Dr. Erdogan said that as a result of these efforts, the tobacco use rate in Turkey, which was 31 percent, has dropped to 27 percent.

Noting that the number of patients applying for emergency services in hospitals has dropped significantly due to smoking-related illnesses, Erdogan said the law was applied cautiously until 2012, but some shortcomings were observed in practice.

Noting that the use of cigarettes in closed business is not adequately regulated, Sevdet Erdal criticizes the fact that reclaimed sections of business, such as restaurants and cafes, are considered open spaces.

– “The best places to do business are reserved for smokers”

Noting that smokers are not given the right to business life, Erdold said, “However, this was not the legislature’s intention. The purpose was to protect the rights of non-smokers. But the opposite has happened. The best place is reserved for business smokers.” Says

Professor Dr. Cevdet Erdöl added that business owners avoid visits by contacting groups they set up on WhatsApp.

Noting that the use of hookah tobacco has increased with the recent rise of hookah cafes, Erdogan also criticized the smoking of government employees in public institutions.

Rector Cevdet Erdöl said that these problems could be solved without the need for additional legislation, by keeping the administration in order to restore the first day’s success in the fight against cigarettes.

– “Explain the harm of tobacco to the environment”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Tokar Erguder, program director of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that May 31, World No Tobacco Day is celebrated with different themes, they have defined this year’s theme as “environment” and they will talk about the harms caused by tobacco. To the environment.

Dr. from the Department of Substance Abuse of the Ministry of Health. Payman Altan added that they have successfully implemented the Tobacco Control Strategy document and action plan and in this opportunity they have implemented the ALO 171 smoking cessation line.

Another activity, referring to the smoke-free air zone, Altan explained that they have set up the ALO 184 Tobacco Warning Hotline and that 577 smoking cessation polyclinics across the country serve all citizens.

Dr. Payman Altan also referred to the High Council’s decision in February to fight addiction and said that they had conducted training activities in 81 provinces with the help of volunteers to make the “My Responsibility My” application reach citizens. And raise awareness about tobacco control.

Sevilla Arslan, president of the Yesilai Ankara branch, says they are working with a forward-looking approach to the fight against addiction, and that addiction is a social problem that threatens the world. Arslan says Green Crescent has been working since its inception to leave a better and healthier world for future generations.

– “Contains over 7,000 chemicals”

Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Dr. took part as a speaker in the panel. Dr. Cigarette butts contain more than 7,000 chemicals, including nicotine and heavy metals from cigarettes, which contain carcinogens and toxins, and these substances harm water, aquatic animals, soil and air, said Ismet Coke.

Smoking harms the environment as well as human health, said Professor. Dr. He said cigarette butts are the most common type of personal waste in the world and most smokers throw the butts into the environment because they are not aware of the negative consequences of their actions.

Professor Dr. He says filters for tobacco products containing plastic components are the second most common single-use plastic item in EU member states.

Cigarette filters contain 15,000 fiber threads made of cellulose acetate, Coke said, adding that “cellulose acetate contaminates our oceans, soil, food and air by leaving toxic microplastics that can take up to 30 years to decompose under certain conditions.” Says

Gulhan Faculty of Medicine, Lecturers Association of the Department of Public Health. Dr. Daria Chamor said that the tobacco industry has a detrimental effect on the environment and these effects are increasing day by day and threatening the rare natural resources.

To explain the damage to the forest due to the tobacco industry, the association said. Dr. Mud said 1 tree was sacrificed to make 300 cigarettes and a tobacco field was created by cutting down trees on about 200,000 hectares of land every year. “For tobacco, 1.5 billion hectares of forest have been destroyed since 1970. Tobacco is responsible for 5 percent of the world’s deforestation,” Mood said.

Noting that the tobacco industry also harms the soil, Assoc. Dr. Mud said the fertile lands that could be used for food production were used for tobacco, and the soil lost its fertility and turned into a desert.

Mud says a cigarette needs 3.7 liters of water for its life cycle, which consumes tobacco cultivation water resources, and if a smoker quits smoking, 74 liters of water per day will be saved.

Assoc. Dr. Deria Chamour says cigarette butts are one of the most toxic wastes in the water, and in nature a cigarette butt takes about 10 years to decompose. Mud says that tobacco smoke contains 3 different greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and cigarettes pollute the air.

Gulhan Training and Research Hospital Smoking Quit Polyclinic, Dr. Ayşe Kevser Erdöl also noted that according to the WHO, tobacco use is the leading cause of death among preventable diseases.

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