Jul 21, 2009
Country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world goes smokefree: Michigan, continues to delay
Turkey went smoke-free last week with a ban in bars, cafes and restaurants, joining a long line of countries that have seen the light and banned smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Turkey has one of the highest smoking rates in the world, and it ranks 10th in the world in tobacco consumption. It’s estimated that up to 48 percent of Turkish men smoke, more than double the rate in the U.S.
Bar and restaurant owners in Turkey made the same baseless claim they are trying to make in the U.S. that a ban will hurt business. There is zero proof of that, and the many places that have banned deadly secondhand smoke bear the fact out that it does not hurt business. Despite the high rate of smoking, a survey carried out by Quirk Global Strategies last month among 600 people projected that 95 percent of Turks are behind the ban.
In the United States, 37 states have a workplace smoking ban. Unfortunately, Michigan is one of the 13 states that do not protect people from the dangers of deadly secondhand smoke.
Turkey joins a long list of countries that have banned smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants. Those countries include Argentina, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Malaysia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, Wales, Uruguay and Zambia
That list does not include Australia, Canada and Germany that allows states and providences to enact individual bans, and the majority has done so.
Call Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and tell him to allow a vote on a bill to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants.