Smoking

Turks love smoking and there's even a joke about the country's propensity for puffing: Who smokes more than a Turk? Two Turks.

  • Smoking in enclosed public spaces is banned, and punishable by a fine. Hotels, restaurants and bars are generally smoke-free, although bars sometimes relax the rules as the evening wears on.
  • Off the tourist trail in budget and midrange hotels, the ban is enforced in public areas but more leniently in rooms, which may have ashtrays.
  • Public transport is meant to be smoke-free, although taxi and bus drivers sometimes smoke at the wheel.