Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey is toughening conditions for the advertising of alcoholic beverages, Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported on June 2.
Under the new draft law, which will come into force in 10 days, the country will ban the advertising of alcoholic beverages in front of cafes, restaurants and shops that sell alcohol.
The fine for violators of this requirement will range from 5,000 to 200,000 Turkish liras (approx. $2,300 to $95,000), according to the draft law.
In May 2013, Turkey adopted a law restricting the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The new law caused discontent among a number of citizens, who felt that by doing so the government is restricting their rights and freedoms.
Under the law, adopted in Turkey in May 2013, the sale of alcoholic beverages in the shops was banned between 22:00 and 06:00.
During this period of time, the sale of alcohol is also banned at tourist sites throughout Turkey.
The shops and entertainment venues that sell alcoholic beverages between 22:00 and 06:00 will face a fine of 30,000 to 146,000 Turkish liras (approx. $14,300 to $69,600)
Some 23 percent of the adult male population of Turkey consumes alcoholic beverages, according to the Turkish Health Ministry. Alcoholic beverages are consumed by 4 percent of Turkish women.
Over 20 percent of the alcohol consumption in Turkey takes place in the north-western regions of the country.
The official exchange rate is 2.0916 TRY/USD as of June 2.
Edited by C.N.