Turkish people spend almost 25.5 billion TL (15.5 billion USD) every year for smoking, a community health care expert said on Friday.
"Turkish people spend 70 million TL every day to injure their health, which amounts to 25.5 billion TL in a year," Professor Nazmi Bilir of Ankara's Hacettepe University told an anti-smoking meeting.
Last year, a wide smoking ban was introduced in Turkey which was said to be challenging the cliche of "smoking like a Turk."
Under the new law passed in January 2008, smoking will be banned in all enclosed public places including restaurants and bars as of July 19, 2009.
"Turkey also allocates such an amount of money for diagnosis and treatment of smoke-related diseases," Bilir said.
"This a significant part in Turkey's budget," he warned.
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