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Entire Turkish Village Quits Smoking “We Don’t Want Anyone Coming Here From Other Places to Smoke In Our Village!”

180 Villagers from Anatolia, Turkey and None of them Smokes. They say they will not let anyone in Village to Smoke.
Smoking is Prohibited in Islam but many are addicted to tobacco.

One resident, Muhsin Varol, said he smoked for more than 13 years before deciding to quit the habit.

I quit smoking, just like all the residents here. We also organize group walks day and night to keep healthy.
Rifat Eraslan, who is the head of the village said

Every resident of the village supported each other to get rid of this harmful habit. The Turkish presidency supports our anti-smoking campaign too.

Another Resident,Yasin Uğurlu, decided to quit smoking after having this habit for 4 years.

Everybody knows very well about the harms smoking can cause but most people choose to ignore it.

They said it is promoting a positive environment in our village. When a visitor comes he also does not smoke in order to respect other villagers.

In an official recognition and appreciation for these local efforts, the provincial president of Yeşilay, Halil İbrahim Coşkun, visited the village. The officials said:

It’s fantastic that Haydarbeyli heard our call. I personally want to thank them for their decision. I hope many other people will follow the example they have set and we will get rid of the habit of smoking altogether,


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