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The Turkish state plans to increase the price of each packet of cigarettes by 60 Turkish Kuruş in order to fund programs to prevent cigarette-related diseases. 
The Labor and Social Security Ministry is seeking to raise as much as 3 billion liras from the 5 million packets that are sold each year, Aysel Alp of daily Hürriyet reported. 
Turkey's Social Security Institution recently conducted a joint study with the World Health Organization (WHO) and determined that the country was spending a total of 2.8 billion liras on cigarette-related diseases such as cancer and coronary and respiratory illnesses. 
The ministry, which said the health bill caused by smoking was "unsustainable," has received support from the Health Ministry in its bid to increase the cost of each packet by 60 kuruş.

The final say on the recommendation will belong to the Cabinet. 
The Social Security Ministry said similar taxes were levied around the world, noting that five municipalities in the New York area were charging an additional $1.50 on each packet sold.


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Turk Uzan

8/31/2012 11:20:53 PM

@Salih, it's a tax and can be used for anything the government feels like the nation needs. Most smokers will just keep smoking .. a pack of cigarettes in the Netherlands is 5.50 EU/7 EU, they keep putting more tax on it, but I don't know a single person who actually quit.... Maybe spend that money on research on ways to quit cigarettes, or force people to use the electric things who aren't a real danger to your health and still give you nicotine and the smoke

dogan kemal ileri

8/31/2012 10:54:39 PM

Excellent idea now you know why cigarettes cost over 20 lira in the UK!!!

lara ulusoy

8/31/2012 8:13:33 PM

Besides, how do people who need to go to hospitals reach those life-saving places? Definitely not by a swimming donkey I would say. But yes, I do agree if the money was being snatched into personal pockets and bank accounts as what happens in so many corrupt campaigns around the globe but not this one if as you say on roads and other projects. Just try to look at the final outcome please. Please be proud of Turkey through sickness and through health.

lara ulusoy

8/31/2012 5:44:30 PM

Great idea ! People will think twice before buying a packet of cigarettes no matter what the suspicions are Salih bey :)

Salih Salih

8/31/2012 2:54:16 PM

Is there any belief that this money will get used in the treatment of these diseases? or is this a repeat or the earthquake fund, that went to pay for roads and other "influencial" projects!
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