On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, President Erdoan met with young athletes. The dialogue between Fenerbah’s young star Arda Guler and President Erdogan drew attention.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Youth Meeting on World No Tobacco Day at the Presidential Complex. Arda Guler, a 17-year-old footballer from Fenerbah, was present at the event.
“First there is fame and notoriety”
Looking briefly at the young men in the hall, President Erdogan said, “In the beginning, of course, there is fame, Arda. We get to see him. As far as I know, Arda never had anything to do with cigarettes.”
Cigarette allegations from Erda Guler to Erdogan
Arda Guler, who later picked up the microphone, said, “Smoking is prohibited in the stadium, but unfortunately, smoking is allowed. Many children come to the stadium. They become passive smokers. We need to set an example for them.”
Erdogan added: “We take great care against smoking and bad curses in our stadiums. But both men and women continue to smoke in the stadium without hearing anything about cigarettes. This is dry. It also has juice. They annoy the nation with bottles in their hands. Who hit this? It hurts all my citizens who come there to watch the match. As a result, there are fights, “he said.
“I have a disease”
After Erdogan reminded that he was also called up to the national team, Arda Guler said, “I have an injury.” Erdogan added, “Alas, alas … I hope you recover from this injury and return to the field as soon as possible.”
Highlights of President Erdogan’s speech are as follows:
I want May 31, World No Tobacco Day, to raise awareness of this deadly danger in every part of our society.
The tobacco epidemic is the biggest global health threat, as it ranks first among the preventable causes of disease and death. Despite the fact that 100,000 people die of this disease every year in our country, we do not want to continue fighting this epidemic.
We have continued our government’s healthy youth policies based on the prevention of substance abuse, such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
However, there are some people who want to get around this struggle, such as hookahs, cigars, electronic cigarettes, instead of familiar cigarette brands. We are aware of all of them.
In 2008, a public service ad for Green Crescent’s ‘Don’t Light Your Cigarette or Me’ campaign was shown. Erdogan was later asked if he knew the child actor who starred in the public service ad.
President Erdogan said the actor who starred in the public service ad was Berat F. Parlor, then 4 years old.
Berat F. Parlor, who later picked up the microphone, made an interesting statement about cigarettes.
“Exactly 14 years ago, when we were shooting this public service ad, I came to Ankara with you. I came with my mother at that time. You asked my mother,” Do you smoke? “, You must have quit. My mother has cancer at the moment, we have been battling a disease for 8 years. The doctor’s first question to my mother was ‘Do you smoke?’ It’s done. And the day my mother asked this question, she quit smoking. My advice to everyone from here is, you should not smoke at all. Absolutely avoid the smoking environment. “
If you have cigarettes, I participate as President to buy the package
President Erdogan responds to Berat F. Parler’s remarks:
“The harm of smoking at home is far more harmful than the outside. The doctor’s first question is ‘Do you smoke?’ Who asks a cancer patient about it. When he smokes, I say, ‘Come on, quit smoking because we love you.’
Suat Arı (Physical Education & Sports Teacher): I have made 120 students active licensed athletes in the village. I want to say that I am grateful for the law you have made and for what you have done for a tobacco free country.
Omar Farooq Saidam (Finnish Athlete): I started swimming to beat the asthma and I beat the disease. When I came in contact with cigarette smoke, I was having trouble breathing. I mean, kids need to grow up in a smoke-free environment.
PRESIDENT ERDOGAN: I also came here from a basketball game. I scored a lot, I scored 36 points. We have 36 out of 50. We won, different …
President Erdogan: When you approach and find information there, you will remember your work for many years to come. You have done a great job and we will remember you separately.
Project Architect: As an artist, it was very important for me to be able to make the society aware through this channel and to be able to inform about the harm of cigarettes for the society and nature through such an art.
President Erdogan: What is the basis of cigarettes?
Project Architect: There were two different studies. The work you see on the left is made of fiber material, I have given the stump form of the tree. What you see on the right is made of tree husks, they were not cut in any way, we dried the trees, they were made without cutting, they were collected. The surface consists of about 25-30 thousand collected butts. We put them on the surface using the tree’s own texture. The motive is actually killing the tobacco industry nature. Let’s not throw away our cigarettes, let’s not pollute nature, let’s avoid cutting down trees because of this industry. It also causes drought and the soil dries out due to the chemicals in the butt.
Shahika Councilor: I notice the same thing in the water as well as in our trees. I came across the butt while diving. Butt can stay in nature for up to 10 years. Fish also eat butt. As an asthma patient and as a national athlete, I know how much smoking affects the air we breathe. I am also deeply saddened by the poisoning of the planet.
President Erdogan: As an asthma patient, it is very, very interesting, especially when he lands on a ground where breathing is almost impossible. How do you achieve this?
Shahika Councilor: He has turned difficulties into advantages for sports. Sport has enlivened it.
Mirai Ulas: I am a paramilitary sailor. I’m third in the sailing world. Our lives depend on water. Our natural water resources are polluted. 4.5 million baht are thrown into the earth, most of them end up in our oceans. Filters are among the 10 most common plastic wastes in the world. I found lots of cigarette butt waste in the Bosphorus. During that time when I came in contact with passive smoking, I fell ill and could not participate in training.
Begum Esra Ertan (Specialist in Molecular Biology and Genetics): Since I first received an award with my projects in 2017, I have been the recipient of numerous awards and grants at home and abroad. Tobacco waste can stay in nature for a long time without dissolving. It also does a great deal of damage to nature and our economy.
President Erdogan: Whether they say electronic cigarettes or something else, these are all scams. How we make money, all the way. This is no different from the other called electronic cigarette. It damages both the bladder and the body. We will not give opportunity, we will give our best. The hookah thing has been on the agenda lately. Hookah is no less harmful than cigarettes, but much more. We are making some preparations to save our nation from harm.
Gokhan Din (People Expert): We have a lot of good applications like smoke free space, e-cigarette line. What makes it more meaningful is your position in the process.