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Government to Toughen Up Fines on Smokers in Public Places

The Greek government is working toward toughening up the fines people would have to pay who violate the nation's new, wide-ranging anti-smoking laws. According to media reports on Wednesday which quote sources in the country's Ministry of Health, the public...

Serifos to Establish Greece's First Smoke-Free Beach

Serifos' Vagia beach will become Greece's first smoke-free beach, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Athanassios K. Laskarides Foundation and the Municipality of Serifos. The breakthrough initiative aims to copy successful attempts first made in France and...

Study Finds 15,000 Greeks Die Annually From Smoking-Related Causes

A new study, presented by the Hellenic Thoracic Society (HTC) on Saturday in Trikala, Greece, showed that approximately fifteen thousand Greeks die every year from smoking-related diseases. This shocking statistic comes as no surprise to most, as 37 percent of...

Experts Warn that Greece’s Beaches Could Turn into a Gigantic Ashtray

Greek experts say that the pollution from cigarette butts is threatening the environment and, especially during the summer, the coastal areas where holidaymakers flock. Nearly 22 billion cigarette butts, totaling 3,500 tons, constitute the annual "footprint" of Greek smokers in...

Police Raid Illegal Cigarette Manufacturing Facilities Near Athens

Greek police seized 70 tonnes of smuggled tobacco and 8.8 million cigarette packets at two illegal tobacco manufacturing facilities in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens. A total of 40 people are thought to be involved in the racket. Police believe that they...

Financial Crisis in Greece Continues to Drive Consumers to Illegal Tobacco Products

With a steady increase of taxes on cigarettes, the state has fallen short of cashing in as the market share of illegal tobacco products has doubled over the past six years going from 10.1 percent in 2011 to 20...

Greeks Welcome New Year Ready to Pay More for Basics

A barrage of raises in basic goods and services accompanies the New Year, as Greek households have to pay more for fuel oil, fuel gas, telephone service, cable television, coffee and cigarettes. The new direct and indirect taxes on consumer...

Teen Spirit: Study Finds Greek Students Smoke, Drink, Do Drugs at 13 Years

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) revealed alarming statistics for Greek teenagers. The study, conducted on behalf of ESPAD by the University Mental Health Research Institute of Greece, found that teenagers begin to smoke...