Greece to Enforce Total Smoking Ban in Public Places

by VR Sreeraman on  May 8, 2008 at 1:47 PM General Health News
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Greece is to impose a smoking ban in public places, the health ministry announced Wednesday, after previous partial-bans were ignored in what is one of Europe's heaviest smoking nations.
Greece to Enforce Total Smoking Ban in Public Places
Greece to Enforce Total Smoking Ban in Public Places

Two previous laws, forcing businesses, bars and restaurants to limit smoking to designated areas, were widely flouted.

The new total ban, which will also include a provision to raise the tobacco-purchasing age to 18, will be presented to the Greek parliament in June.

Around one in three 12-18 year olds have tried smoking, whilst one in ten is addicted, according to a 2007 survey.

The number of smokers in Greece has gone up ten percent in ten years, it also found, whilst many other developed nations are cutting back on cigarette smoking.

Britain, Ireland and France have already banned smoking in public places.

Source: AFP

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So if smoking and second hand smoke are deadly, Greeks should be the sickest bunch in the world after the Japanese, shouldn't they? Well, Greeks the second heaviest smokers in the world are the healthiest people in the European Union. Japanese the first biggest smokers in the world have one of the longest life expectancies. Don't take my word for it, google it up. This needs some splaining Lucy!


That is an absolute lie. Greeks have very high lung disease rates on a global scale and the worst health system in Europe. The traditional diet, high in fish and salads, used to help a lot but that is on the way out as Greeks now seem to eat more pork than anything else.


I can't believe that Greece, which has been in the EU for almost 30 years and is supposed to be a developed country, allows smoking everywhere and lets kids buy cigarettes. I was shocked to hear about dentists smoking while fixing your teeth, ashtrays in waiting rooms, people smoking in banks and supermarkets... That doesn't happen even here in Bosnia, and in Croatia they just passed a law of total smoking ban in all public places.


The constant smell of cigarette smoke is the most unpleasant aspect of an otherwise-beautiful place. In a village I have visited, the local dentist smokes while she cleans your teeth. Many aspects of Greek culture are charming, but this is not one of them.


They were supposed to enforce "strict new lawa" (Ha!) in 2002, six years ago.Nothing happened whatsoever, other than otherwise smoke-filled restaurants/cafes put a 'no smoking' sign on just a few tables. Equivalent to designating a part of a swimming pool for pissing in. Idiots.


And: I've never seen so much smoking, I have astham and cannot breathe haf the time here. In Greece smoking is supposed to already be banned in the workplace, but on Crete workers and the public in supermarkets, banks and even hospitals smoke freely with no sanctions whatsosever applied. That's right, I said *HOSPITALS.* Visit the Iraklio hospital and watch the reception and cleaning staff happily smoking. No-one gives a sh*t.

Even if this ban passes as law (it hasn't yet), these sort of laws are rarely enforced. Greeks don't care.

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