TAPDKTutun, Tutun Mamulleri Ve Alkollu Ickiler Piyasasi Duzenleme Kurulu (Turkish: Regulatory Committee for Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages Market)
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Annual negative impacts of smoking to the national economy are estimated to have reached 15 billion TL, which translates into a 2.72 billion TL annual GDP loss caused by smoking and all diseases resulting from the consumption of tobacco (TAPDK 2002).
In 2008, 135 billion cigarettes were produced in Turkey, according to TAPDK. Despite heightened competition, and the downturn in the wake of the first smoking ban, South Korean tobacco giant KT&G entered the Turkish market in 2008, opening a US$52 million (Euro 35 million) factory in Izmir that produces 2 billion sticks a year and exports 60% of production.
The TAPDK's new statement extends the recent restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages with this new statement, adding some new rules to the previous regulations.
TAPDK banned use of names, logos, emblems or signs in sports clubs, organizations, services or any sports activities that could be associated with alcoholic drinks and spirits.
TAPDK officials, who wished to remain anonymous, told Today's Zaman that the new regulation is likely to be revealed in a month.
TAPDK Chairman Mehmet Kucuk said cigarette sales dropped by 6 percent in the period from July 2009 to the beginning of 2010 when compared to the same period of a year earlier.
The Ankara 2nd Administrative Court decided on a stay for the TAPDK decision on Wednesday, stating that the lake doesn't fall within the borders of Ankara's prestigious Middle East Technical University (ODTE[pounds sterling]).
Speaking to the AA, Director General of Regulatory Agency of Tobacco and Alcohol Market (TAPDK) Mehmet Kucuk said that "as of May 1, all tobacco products will carry pictures and written information that warn consumers about the negative effects of such tobacco products".
PalandE[micro]ken also suggested checking for shops' Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK) certificate.
The chairman of the Turkish Tobacco & Alcohol Market Regulation Board (TAPDK) said on Sunday that the board would start warning smokers in written and visual as of January 1, 2010.
Both the production and sale of cigarettes started to drop significantly in Turkey in 2010, and that decline extended through last year, data from the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency (TAPDK) show.
The methods of implementation for this legislation will be determined by the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency (TAPDK) in three months' time, after receiving the opinion of the Health Ministry