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Greece Says Smoking Ban To Start

After five No-Smoking laws in the last decade have been largely ignored by Greeks, who light ‘em up more than any other European country, the government has vowed yet another crackdown and said it will begin stricter checks in public places.

The newspaper Kathimerini said that the Health Ministry’s General Secretary, Christina Papanikolaou has issued a circular calling for the intensification of checks at schools, hospitals, restaurants, bars and nightclubs by inspectors in charge of the implementation of the law introduced in 2010 that was promptly violated almost everywhere with no enforcement.

The new wave of inspections is expected to meet with opposition from entrepreneurs who argue that the smoking ban will affect business amid the ongoing financial crisis, the same arguments they make every time Greece passes alleged smoking bans.

In November 2012, the Council of State ruled that the ban was in keeping with Greek law and the Constitution, after 150 entrepreneurs and the Panhellenic Federation of Restaurants and Related Professions filed an appeal against it.

Despite that, the law continues to be ignored and people who don’t smoke have no recourse when they go into restaurants, clubs, tavernas, summer cinemas and other public places, including hospitals, where people pretty much smoke wherever they want.

Public workers, including those in post offices and government buildings, as well as police, doctors, and bus drivers also smoke without having to worry about being checked or having fines issued against them. Members of Parliament also openly smoke in the building where they passed the ban, ignoring their own law. There was no word on whether inspectors would attempt to stop them, check on them, or fine them at the same time those in other public places could be fined.

 

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  • More FRAUD & FARCE from this absurd phony Coaltion government of Thieves & Liars.
    It is a waste of time and money sending Inspectors out to put more harsh measures on Bars, etc.
    What a joke Pasok and ND are who are unbelieveably STUPID and arrogant.

    Why aren't they asking for REAL Justice, like why Akis Tzahadsopolus hasn't had a trial yet after a year in "so-called" jail?    

    • You would know all about force and fraud considering you constantly cheer in support of terrorism against a democratically elected government Mr. PhD... aka Worldarts.

  • Seriously, how many of us who aren't members of the political class can still afford to smoke?
    I for one am considering exchanging nicotine for jenkem

    • Didn't you claim to be German? Are you Greek today? You really should get your stories straight.

  • More FRAUD & FARCE from this absurd phony Coaltion government of Thieves & Liars.It is a waste of time and money sending Inspectors out to put more harsh measures on Bars, etc.What a joke Pasok and ND are who are unbelieveably STUPID and arrogant.

    Why aren't they asking for REAL Justice, like why Akis Tzahadsopolus hasn't had a trial yet after a year in "so-called" jail?

    •  Dude, didn't you claim to be German? Are you Greek today? You really should get your stories straight.

  • Greeks say they are EUROPEAN THIS PROVES THEY ARE NOT THIS IS WHAT arabs would do Greece is like the Arab countries smoke were ever you want Greece is more middle eastern or more Arab then european

    •  Hey its Sal who claims to be "Greek" communist... yet keeps trying to suggest Greeks are Arabs" and running to the defense of muslims. Is your family Arab Sal? Or perhaps a Skopian? It would explain your comments quite a bit.

      • Actually, even Arabs are more polite than Greeks when it comes to smoking in public places, right in customers' faces etc. There is no such ignorance anywhere else but in Greece. Go to Turkey and you will see that smoking is banned everywhere indoors, and everyone follows that rule.

      • Look this time Greeks are acting like Arabs I mean I have traveled this is what Arabs would do my real name in Salim Constandinidis and Iam a Greek.

        • A Greek that doesn't defend his country and culture is like a Jew that converts to Islam and still calls themselvs Jewish. Nonsensical.  If you want to be taken seriously as Greek... defend Greece rather than constant take anti-Greek positions on every issuie.

        • "Salim" is a muslum not a Greek name.   You don't seem Greek in an ethnic sense. Your constant defense of Arabs (and analogies comparing Greeks to Arabs).... rather than defense of Greeks.... suggests you identify more with Arabs than Greeks.

  • More FRAUD & FARCE from this absurd phony Coalition government of Thieves & Liars.
    It is a waste of time and money sending Inspectors out to put more harsh measures on Bars, etc. What a joke Pasok and ND are who are unbelievably STUPID and arrogant.
    Why aren't they asking for REAL Justice, like why Akis Tzahadsopolushasn't had a trial yet after a year in "so-called" jail?

    •  I am going to cut and paste the same remarks for the umteenth time. I constantly claim to speak for Greeks but I am not actually Greek.

  • Surely the only way to eradicate this weed is for the EU to state that NO FURTHER assistance will be given until a smoking ban in places where food is served andwhere children. As an ex-smoker, yes, it is difficult to quit, but if rules are there...AND KEPT, it is easier! Even my local bar won't be getting as much of my custom now...it was difficult because the owner is a friend, but I told him WHY I wouldn't be there as often...also, NOT to use ash trys as weights for the bill...use something else! Any entrepeneurs around who could produce cheaping, advertising, weights instead of ash trays???

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