Our Smoke-Free Air Zone

Our facility complies with the requirements of the Law No. 4207 on the “Prevention and Control of Hazards of Tobacco Products” and follows the rules of the prohibition of the use of tobacco and tobacco products in the entirety of its general areas.

We have increased the number of non-smoking rooms from ; %10 seviyesinden %20 aiming to raise this rate with "Smoke-Free Air Zone" consciousness and the demands and contributions of our valued guests.

Within the context of our awareness-raising work, our valuable guests’ sharing the following information within their environment will support us in the expansion of the smoke-free air zone on behalf of our organization and our Country.

What is Tobacco Dependence?

Smoking is an important public health problem in the world and in our country, and it has the potential to cause addiction because it contains nicotine at a high rate. Cigarettes, narghile, pipe smoking or inhaling its smoke causes psychological and physical dependence on the person over time. There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco products. The main addictive substance is nicotine. Smokeless tobacco sniffed or chewed, contains poison as high as nicotine.

Health problems it causes;

• Cardiovascular diseases

• Lung diseases as a result of narrowed bronchia and COPD

• Obstruction of veins and associated paralysis

• Gastritis, ulcer and stomach cancer

• Yellowing, wrinkles in the skin and skin cancer

• Oral odour and yellowing in teeth;

• Smoking in pregnancy leads to premature birth and consequently to various developmental disorders and to postpartum drying.

After quitting smoking;

• Two hours after you quit smoking, nicotine begins to leave your body.

• After 6 hours heart rate and blood pressure begin to fall.

• After 12 hours, poisonous carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke is cleared from your bloodstream and your lungs work better.

• After 2 days your taste and smell senses sharpen.

• Blood circulation heals within 2-12 weeks, which facilitates physical activities such as walking, running.

• After 3-9 weeks, problems such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing are reduced, and your lungs become stronger.

• Risk of heart attack in 5 years is reduced by half.

• After 10 years, the risk of a heart attack falls to the same level as the risk of a non-smoker, while the risk of lung cancer goes down by half.

It should also be kept in mind that smoking has psychological and behavioural aspects. If these factors are not studied sufficiently, the person may start smoking again after the nicotine withdrawal has passed. At the psychological treatment planned according to the addiction criteria of the patient, the ability to cope, anger control, family interview, motivational studies and different therapy methods are applied.

• Determine a quitting date.

• Tell the people around you that you plan to quit smoking.

• Try to make out the difficulties you may face and make a plan.

• Put away all cigarettes, lighters, matches and ashtrays around you.

• Think about the benefits of quitting.

• Find things to do, involve in.

If your child smokes;

• If you catch your child smoking cigarettes, just take the package and remind him/her about the rules of home or school smoking.

• Give the same reaction every time you catch him/her with a cigarette. The important thing is to give consistent responses. Keep your boundaries clear.

• You should also follow the rules, children should not see you smoking.

• Talk about the effects of smoking without using the advice language. Make sure they learn the right information.

Risk factors;

• Nicotine is highly addictive.

• Symptoms of withdrawal occur in at least half of the smokers trying to quit.

• Users have a tough time imagining a life without smoke. Some users think they can quit alone without help.

• Some users have limited accumulation of strategies to cope with negative emotions or think that it is very easy to quit smoking, so there is no need to deal with it.

Did you know?

• Every year in the world 6 million people lose their lives due to smoking. This number means that one person dies every 10 seconds for cigarettes..

• A person who smokes about half a pack of cigarettes a day sends 300 nicotine shots to his brain every day.

It is possible to quit!

Behavioural counselling and drug treatment are of immense importance in smoking quitting treatment. Many hospitals in our country have Smoking Quitting Clinics. In addition, private health institutions also provide pharmacological and psychological treatment services for smoking quitting.

The purpose of the drug treatment is to eliminate the nicotine withdrawal that arises in the period following the quitting of smoking. These medicines are prescribed by the doctor. Nevertheless, do not rely on smoking quitting products that are sold without consulting a health professional.

Sigara İçenlerde;

Passive smoking;

Passive smoker is a person who does not smoke but is exposed to cigarette smoke. The effects of being a passive smoker vary according to the time, intensity and frequency of exposure to cigarette smoke, and millions of people die every year due to illness caused by cigarette smoking.

• Exposure to tobacco smoke causes many diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and COPD.

• Children are much more susceptible to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

• Exposure to tobacco smoke for only 30 minutes reveals the physical effects seen in long-term smokers.