Anti-Smoking Law Returns Once More

No smoking sign

The under-secretary for Health, Zeta Makris has signed a memo in which it is highlighted that smoking in public places is prohibited, in an attempt to finally apply the anti-smoking law in Greece.

The memo will be sent to all ministries, local authorities and other institutions. This is a “development in the implementation of a series of laws and regulations aimed towards the control of smoking, child protection from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, and the new terms and conditions for premises operating under health regulations” stated the Ministry of Health.

The need for more intense inspection by the authorities and for implementation of the existing legislation in terms of the smoking ban in all enclosed public places is underlined in the memo.

Guidelines concerning inspections are also provided, such as the choice of inspection team, how premises will be assessed and marked, the inspection record and the planning of regular periodic inspections. Moreover, it is stressed that all auditing institutions (Directorates of Health and Social Welfare, Directorates of Environmental Health and Sanitary Inspections, Port Police, Police, Greek National Tourism Organization (E.O.T) and Labor Inspectorate Body (S.EP.E)) need to support the implementation of the measures.

The memo emphasis that the Ministry of Health requires the active participation of all Public Administration bodies in the implementation of a complete smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces.



  1. Zeta why don’t you write a memo proposing legislation outlawing the distribution and sale of all tobacco products except those used for medicinal purposes. If you cannot then please explain why.

  2. Because Greece is not a complete totalitarian communist/fascist dictatorship yet……

    Your obviously not on the libertarian track. Yet…..

  3. I pose the question because the premise is totally flawed. Government decrees against smoking while taking in billions in tobacco tax revenue is disingenuous. If smoking is as deadly as government and special interest groups state there is absolutely no reason why it should not be made an illegal drug. A little credit for personal responsibility for one’s choices from the anti-smoking radicals would be timely as these decrees are becoming repetitious and superfluous.

  4. I agree. If there were demand for no smoking cafes for example, someone would open one. No has opened a no smoking cafe voluntarily hence there is no demand. ie no wants it. The people have spoken. Government does no care what people want. No surprise there.

  5. If Zeta was serious about her duties she would concentrate on the deteriorating conditions of hospitals, the perpetual strike by doctors, contagions being brought into the country by illegals and forget about blowing smoke by issuing public decrees.


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