Did the Turkish Government Block Access to a Vaping Forum?

An ESF member's reddit post raises questions

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The Turkish government has restricted access to the largest Turkish vaping forum, according to a post on reddit. E-Sigara Forum (ESF) has over 20,000 members. Like vaping forums everywhere, ESF provides a virtual home for vapers needing advice and information. Reddit poster iwanthidan says he’s from Turkey.

Hello, Turkish vaper here. Today the biggest E-cig community in Turkey, E-sigara Forum has been blocked by the government. People who aren’t using VPN or DNS encounter a formal notice page from the government which says this website has been blocked because it has violated some rules which are:

  • Encouragement of devices which can be hazardous for health
  • Trading of illegal devices.

So yeah, Turkey is one of the biggest cigarette consuming countries in the World (hence the term “smoking like a Turk”) and E-cigs were getting popular real fast for 3 years. Guess the Government was feeling disturbed by this because they couldn’t get taxes and they didn’t wanted smokers to quit stinkies because they gain tons of revenue from tobacco and alcohol.

Just a small rant.

This is the website (Turkish): http://www.esigara.us/

Thank goodness admins and mods of the website is encouraging users to use VPN so they can access the website. But this is still pretty frustrating.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way to maintain security and privacy while using the public internet. According to Lifehacker, “When you connect to a VPN, you usually launch a VPN client on your computer (or click a link on a special website), log in with your credentials, and your computer exchanges trusted keys with a far away server. Once both computers have verified each other as authentic, all of your internet communication is encrypted and secured from eavesdropping.”

Jim McDonald
I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.
  • bynedim

    I think our government is waiting for Tobacco Companies to research about electronic cigarette and place on Turkish cigarette market. They had remarkable power here and Turkish government and Tobacco Companies have mutual benefit that they never want to loose. I don’t know if it would be good or bad about setting free of electronic cigarettes with higher and higher taxes but i’m sure that personel imports will be always better in Turkey.