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September 29, 2017

Turkey: Police Fine 800 Vapers After Raid

Turkish police cited 800 vapers for indoor smoking after conducting a raid at a “vape party” in Istanbul. They also detained three of the party organizers.

The party was advertised on Facebook, and took place on the terrace of a restaurant, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. The paper reports that police acted based on the Facebook posts, and placed the location under surveillance.

Apparently, all 800 guests received “administrative fines,” which don’t involve a criminal charge. There is no explanation of how 800 people were kept in place till tickets were written for all of them. The party took place in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district.

Vaping isn’t illegal in Turkey, but the country does include vaping in indoor smoking bans. Importation and advertising are prohibited, but vapers haven’t reported problems taking devices and e-liquid into the country for personal use.

Vaping360 would like to hear from any Turkish readers about vaping in Turkey. Is it discouraged? Can you easily find equipment and e-liquid? Leave comments below.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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Egemen E. Dursun
Egemen E. Dursun
3 years ago

Hi. I am a big follower of your site from Turkey. And I applied for a job before 🙂 Yes this news is true but we all forget it. This is the first on its own sample 🙂 Its not important much. But as u know vaping with nic is a problem if smoking forbidden. this party organized by the liquid dealers. The main problem is dealers. They want vaping be legal like everybody but they never do anything about it. You know it has a trade and nobody want to pay tax for this big trade. If you live… Read more »

VaperNayshYall
VaperNayshYall
3 years ago

It’s like policy makers have forgotten what private property is. I know this is in Turkey, but even here in the US, laws telling business owners how to run their restaurants, bars etc.

Leonard Jensen
Leonard Jensen
3 years ago

Kill yourselves, who cares? The chemicals in Marlboro Fire Sticks are the same carcegions that the US Tobacco Institute developed in the 1970s-1990s. It addicts more and will kill more than smokey cigarettes. That is because there is no layer of tar over the lungs mutated cells. Cancer loves oxygen and it will get all it wants with the new Marlboro brand Vaps. Younger deaths and more of them.

Jonathan Plotkin
Jonathan Plotkin
3 years ago

I have a comment that is probably more relevant to a prior discussion over a statement you made that vaping is much safer than smoking and that os the only pertinent question since vaping is intended as a substitute for smoking. I don’t agree that comparing vaping to smoking is the only relevant question. Much progress has been made in educating teens about the dangers of smoking. As the father of two teenagers (one in college), neither of my kids or their friends would have considered smoking. Now, vaping is the “in” thing and kids as young as 11-12 years… Read more »

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