Global Epidemic



  • 27 percent of Turks (age 15+) smoke tobacco.
  • 41.5 percent of males and 13.1 percent of females smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 7 percent currently smoke cigarettes and 3 percent of youth currently use tobacco products other than cigarettes.
  • Nargile smoking, or waterpipe smoking — the most traditional form of smoking tobacco in Turkey — is increasing in popularity.

Health Consequences

  • More than 84,000 Turks die each year from tobacco-related diseases.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 86 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 82 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Tobacco Industry

International tobacco companies dominate the market, holding over 92 percent of the cigarette market share in Turkey. In 2008, Philip Morris International led with 40 percent of market share, followed by British American Tobacco (35 percent), Japan Tobacco (14 percent), and Imperial Tobacco (3 percent). In Turkey, more than 107 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.

FCTC Status

Turkey ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 31, 2004.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For the latest data regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Turkey Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: April 2014