Greek Attorney General Orders Strict Application of Anti-Smoking Law



Anti-Smoking LawThe Attorney General of the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece, Efterpi Koutzamani, has sent a circular to all the Procurator Generals of the country, in which she asks them to give all the appropriate directives to the competent authorities for the strict application of the anti-smoking law. In particular, the circular refers to the application of the law that bans smoking in all public and private places, closed or roofed. According to Mrs. Koutzamani the directives will be given to all the competent local authorities.

The Attorney General underlines that smoking is forbidden in public or private places, closed or roofed (except for the places where tobacco products are produced), and in all stores with a health interest – particularly premises where food is produced, and restaurants, bars, cafeterias etc.

According to the contentious circular, smoking is also banned in all indoor waiting rooms, airports, bus and train stations, ports, canteens, and in all means of transport including taxis.

In her letter, Mrs. Koutzamani further clarifies that the local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the anti-smoking law, as well as for the punishment of those who violate anti-smoking legislation.