This has been reported in dailymail.co.uk dated 17 January 2016.
Incidentally, Berdymukhamedov had taken over the helm of the Caspian nation in 2006 and, Turkmenistan is now the country with the lowest percentage of smokers in the world, as per World Health Organization. Only eight per cent of the population smokes, as indicated by WHO chief Margaret Chan.
In contrast, the country's previous president Saparmurat Niyazov was a chain smoker who quit in 2000 after heart surgery and subsequently signed an anti-smoking decree. Subsequently, stricter measures have been introduced including a hike in excise taxes for tobacco in 2011 and a ban on smoking in public places in 2013. Due to such measures, cigarettes in Turkmenistan are more expensive than in any other country in the ex-Soviet region.
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