Erdoğan Rewards Cigarette Quitters With Reception

Caxi4ZHXIAEhlbtOn Tuesday, Turkey’sPresident Recep Tayip Erdoğan hosted a reception for some 300 people who have quit smoking, including 18 people whom he has personally persuaded to give up.

Strongly averse to smoking, Erdogan is known to persuade people to stop lighting up by taking away their cigarettes packets.

Erdogan told his guests: “There can be no such freedom as the freedom to smoke.”

Turkey banned indoor public smoking in 2009 and Erdoğan has been leading a government drive to reduce smoking rates in the nation of heavy smokers.