Assoc. Dr. Aydın said, “Turkey is among the top 10 countries where cigarettes are used the most. We must strictly monitor the measures taken. Because cigarettes have 8 times more addictive power than other harmful drugs,” he said.
The Chairman of the Turkish Anti-Smoking Association (TSSD), which has made significant contributions to the fight against smoking since its establishment in 1999, Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Aydın made a statement on the occasion of May 31, World No Tobacco Day.
Assoc. Dr. Aydın noted that, according to a study conducted in the UK, smoking during the Kovid-19 pandemic process reached an all-time high with 1.1 billion people. Aydın said, “According to this research, Turkey is among the top 10 countries in the list of countries with the highest smoking rates. This shows how important it is to strictly monitor the measures taken and bans on smoking in our country. This issue should be focused on sensitively, otherwise the work done so far and the progress made may be in vain.
“CIGARETTES ARE 8 TIMES MORE ADDICTIVE THAN DRUGS”
Stating that cigarettes have 8 times more addictive power than other drugs and prohibited substances, and reminding that its physical effects spread over time, Assoc. Dr. Aydın said, “This is a situation that increases the adaptation of the smoker and the risk of becoming addicted, unfortunately. Moreover, even a single cigarette smoking, even if it has been 10 years, can trigger a person who quits smoking to start smoking. Because nicotine receptors formed in the brain of smokers continue to exist for life. Therefore, when a person who has quit smoking smokes even one cigarette after 10 years, nicotine receptors are awakened. This causes the user to switch to 1-1.5 packs of cigarettes the next day. This situation reveals to what extent the idea of ’nothing can happen from one’ is a wrong approach, ”he said.
“WHO IS DRINKING ELSEWHERE ALSO DAMAGES”
“There is no longer any point in talking about the harms of smoking in 2021, because now everyone knows about these harms,” Assoc. Dr. Aydin continued:
“However, on top of the known harms of smoking, it turns out that it causes a new problem every day. Studies show that, beyond being next to the smoker, what we call passive smoking, a person who smokes in a different environment and comes to other people harms the environment at least as much as passive smoking. For example, the mother leaves her baby in the living room and goes out to the balcony. He smokes 1 cigarette and enters the hall again. Then she takes the baby in her arms. When the baby’s urinalysis is performed 1 hour later, smoking wastes are detected in the urine. In other words, the toxins of cigarettes pass to the baby from the mother’s skin and breath.
“TSSD IS WITH EVERYONE”
Reminding that the World Health Organization considers even those who smoke only one cigarette a day for 1 month to be ‘addicted’, Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Aydın said, “The biggest weapon in the fight against smoking is not to start smoking. Because one out of every three young people who try cigarette once becomes addicted. As the Turkish Anti-Smoking Association, we have been with our people since 1999 with the motto ‘Continue to fight until the last molecule of the cigarette is destroyed’. Our citizens who want to get rid of smoking can apply to health institutions and our Ministry.