While the Greek Ministry of Health has made it crystal clear that it will not tolerate further violation of the anti-smoking law, along with a campaign of systematic controls during the holidays, absolutely nothing has happened and no fines have been imposed.
It is rumored however that during 2014, the Greek Ministry of Health along with the Greek police will initiate a campaign of checks of restaurants, cafeterias and bars.
Some doubt whether the ministry is committed to the effort long term, or is just looking for easy money. But as they say “actions speak louder than words.”
The fines for smokers caught flouting the ban in public places could reach 500-euros, while for the owners of restaurants, bars and other establishments, it could be as high as 10,000-euros. On some occasions, businesses could be forcibly shut down for months at a time.