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The Law on Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products (Law No. 4207, title as amended)

COMMENTS: The Law on Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products, as amended, is the primary tobacco control law in Turkey. It regulates many aspects of tobacco control, including, but not limited to: prohibitions on public smoking; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; packaging and labeling; education campaigns; and penalties for violations.

The former title of this law, prior to amendment by Law 5727 in 2009, was "The Law on Prevention of Hazards of Tobacco Products."

Law No. 4733 Establishing the Tobacco & Alcohol Market Coordination Committee (TAPDK)

COMMENTS: Law No. 4733 establishes the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Coordination Committee and outlines its duties and powers. In Turkish, the committee is called the "Tütün ve Alkol Piyasası Düzenleme Kurumu," and is often referred to by the acronym "TAPDK."

Law No. 4822 on Commercial Advertisements and Ads

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March 6, 2003

COMMENTS: Excerpts of Law No. 4822 on Commercial Advertisements and Ads relevant to tobacco control have been translated into English. The English excerpted provisions, Articles 5 and 7, require advertising to be honest, accurate and appropriate.

Regulation on Methods and Essentials concerning the Manufacture Type, Labeling and Surveillance for the Protection from the Damages of Tobacco Products, 2005 (as amended)

COMMENTS: The Regulation on Methods and Essentials concerning the Manufacture Type, Labeling and Surveillance for the Protection from the Damages of Tobacco Products, 2005 (No. 25692) (as amended) regulates many aspects of packaging and labeling and product information including, but not limited to: constituents and emissions yields, and health warning content, size, location, and format. As amended in Official Gazette No. 28475 on November 22, 2012.

Law Amending the Law on Prevention of Hazards of Tobacco Products (Law No. 5727)

COMMENTS: The Law Amending the Law on Prevention of Hazards of Tobacco Products (Law No. 5727) substantially amended Law No. 4207, the primary tobacco control law in Turkey. The amendment covered many tobacco control areas, including: prohibitions on public smoking; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; packaging and labeling; education campaigns; and penalties for violations.

Law No. 5326 on Misdemeanors (as amended)

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May 18, 2008

COMMENTS: Law No. 5326 on Misdemeanors provides fines for individuals who smoke in places or areas where smoking is prohibited. The English translation of the law contains only the relevant language from Article 39, as amended on May 18, 2008.

Notification from the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Finance, and Health Regarding Procedures and Guidelines on Administrative Sanctions and Enforcement under Law No. 4207

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May 27, 2008

COMMENTS: The Notification Regarding Procedures and Guidelines in Relation to the Enforcement of Decisions on Administrative Sanctions Imposed on Consumers of Tobacco Products in Public Places, Transportation, Buildings, and Facilities was issued by the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Finance, and Health. The Notification establishes the procedure that must be followed in effecting and reporting a violation of Law No. 4207, including aspects such as the form that must be filed, recording proof of consumption, and the collection of fines.

Ministry of Health Letter to Provincial Health Authorities Regarding Enforcement of the Regulations of Law No. 4207

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May 28, 2008

COMMENTS: This letter (#18330) was sent by the Ministry of Health to the local health authorities in each of Turkey’s 81 provinces summarizing the regulations that must be followed in enforcing the regulations of Law No. 4207.

Ministry of Health Letter to Provincial Health Authorities Regarding Enforcement of the Provisions of Law No. 4207

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June 6, 2008

COMMENTS: This letter (#17095) was sent by the Ministry of Health to the local health authorities in each of Turkey’s 81 provinces, drawing their attention to the recently issued Notification on procedures and guidelines to be followed in sanctioning violations of public smoking restrictions as established in Law No. 4207.

Tobacco & Alcohol Market Coordination Committee’s (TAPDK) Decision No. 4201

COMMENTS: The Tobacco & Alcohol Market Coordination Committee’s (TAPDK) Decision No. 4201 was issued pursuant to Law No. 4207 as amended by Law No. 5727. It regulates the size, shape, content, and format of no-smoking signs in smoke free places, the health warnings signs that must appear in areas designated for smoking, and the signs prohibiting sales to minors at point of sale.

Tobacco & Alcohol Market Coordination Committee's (TAPDK) Decision No. 4721

COMMENTS: Tobacco and Alcohol Market Coordination Committee’s (TAPDK) Decision No. 4721 regulates the size, location, rotation, and format of health warnings on tobacco products.

Circular 2009/13 from the Prime Minister’s Office on the Implementation of Law No. 4207

COMMENTS: Circular 2009/13 from the Prime Minister’s Office on the Implementation of Law No. 4207 regulates how smoke-free provisions are implemented in bars, restaurants and placed in the other hospitality industry. The Circular also provides specifications for designated smoking areas, where such smoking areas are allowed by law. This Circular repeals the previous Circular 2008/6.

Ministry of Health Letter Clarifying the Definition of "Enclosed Area" with regards to Law No. 4207, Circ. 2009/13, and Letter No. 27556

COMMENTS: This Ministry of Health Letter rescinds earlier Letter No. 27556, which had defined areas with ceilings or sides that could be opened or closed automatically or manually as “outdoor.” This Letter now clarifies that such areas shall be considered “enclosed” whether the ceiling or sides are open or closed.

Ministry of Health Guidance on the Implementation of Law No. 4207 Concerning Inspections and Enforcement

COMMENTS: This Ministry of Health Guidance instructs municipal authorities on their enforcement and inspection obligations under national smoke free laws. The Guidance reminds authorities of the penal consequences for officials who fail to enforce the law.

Ministry of Health Guidance on the Implementation of Law No. 4207 Concerning Enforcement Obligations of Provincial Authorities

COMMENTS: This Ministry of Health Guidance instructs provincial authorities on their enforcement and inspection obligations under national smoke free provisions. The Guidance reminds authorities of the penal consequences for officials who fail to enforce the law.

Regulation on the Procedures and Principles of Sales and Presentations of Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages

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January 7, 2011

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Tobacco & Alcohol Market Coordination Committee’s (TAPDK) Decision No. 6896

COMMENTS: Decision No. 6896 regulates certain ingredients in tobacco products.

Council Decision No. 7105 on Amending the Council Decision Concerning the Assessment of Data Included on the Ingredients Declaration and Toxicology Data Tables

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Regulations on Changes to Be Made to the Regulations Regarding the Procedures and Principles on the Sale and Presentation of Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages

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Regulation on the Matters That Must Be Complied With in the Issuance of Presentation Conformity Certificates to a Location/Locations That Belong to Businesses Where Hookah Tobacco Materials Are Smoked and the Operation of These Places

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Law No. 6487

COMMENTS: Law No. 6487 amends several laws, including amending two provisions of Law No. 4207, the Law on Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products. An unofficial English translation is provided of the relevant provisions only.

Circular 2015/1

COMMENTS: Circular 2015/1 announces the National Tobacco Control Program Plan of Action 2015-2018, as well as the formation of a National Tobacco Control Coordination Committee.

National Tobacco Control Program Plan of Action (2015-2018)

COMMENTS: This National Plan of Action is a policy document elaborating the government's tobacco control plan between 2015 and 2018. This is a non-binding declaration of policy.

Council Decision No. 9010 on Amending the Council Decision Concerning the Assessment of Data Included on the Ingredients Declaration and Toxicology Data Tables

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Decision No. 2015-8353 Adjusting Tax Rates

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December 29, 2015

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Decision No. 13016 on Technical Regulations for Cigarette Papers

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Law No. 7151 on Amendments in Some Laws and Legislative Decrees Regarding Healthcare

COMMENTS: Law No. 7151 contains several amendments to Law No. 4207 on Prevention and Control of the Harms of Tobacco Products. These amendments include plain packaging, an increase in the size of health warnings on tobacco product packaging from 65% to 85%, and a ban on depiction of tobacco products or use in media. The larger health warnings will enter into force in January 2020. An unofficial English translation is provided of the relevant provisions only.

Regulation on the Procedures and Principles Related to the Production Methods, Labeling and Surveillance of Tobacco Products

COMMENTS: The Regulation on the Procedures and Principles Related to the Production Methods, Labeling and Surveillance of Tobacco Products were issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to implement emissions and reporting requirements, plain packaging, and updated health warnings requirements. Pursuant to amendments to the regulation, plain packaging will be required at the manufacturer level beginning December 5, 2019 and at the retailer level beginning January 5, 2020.

Regulation Amending the Regulation on the Procedures and Principles Related to the Production Methods, Labeling and Surveillance of Tobacco Products

COMMENTS: The Regulation Amending the Regulation on the Procedures and Principles Related to the Production Methods, Labeling and Surveillance of Tobacco Products includes amendments adjusting the implementation date of the plain packaging provisions at the manufacturer level from July 5, 2019 to December 5, 2019, in addition to amending other provisions.

To the best of our knowledge, all laws provided here are in effect as of September 18th 2019, unless otherwise noted.