The Turkish National Coalition on Smoking or Health received the 2009 Global Smokefree Partnership Extraordinary Award for its outstanding commitment to promote Smokefree legislation at the national level in order to facilitate the implementation of Article 8 of the FCTC.
The country of Turkey and SSUK, a national coalition of NGOs and government agencies against tobacco, was awarded for their efforts to adopt, implement and successfully enforce smokefree legislation in an 18 month period. Their achievement is the result of numerous individuals and organizations working together under the SSUK. This SSUK coalition includes both governmental and nongovernmental organizations including the WHO country office, the Turkish Ministry of Health, members of Parliament and TAPDK (Regulatory Committee for Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages Market).
Their concerted efforts which included training, monitoring, mobilizing civil society and high level advocacy, marked unprecedented national efforts to change the norm on smoking in public and working places, and resulted in a revolutionary change in attitudes towards tobacco smoke exposure.
Report: Tobacco Control in Turkey (PDF)