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Will Greece Finally Enforce Its Anti-Smoking Laws Now?

A majority of Greek lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of the new anti-smoking bill - the third such legislation passed in Greece in the last decade. The new law includes stricter penalties and is tougher on those who smoke...

Greek Government Directs Local Authorities to Enforce Ban on Smoking

Greece's Health Ministry sent detailed instructions to local authorities throughout the country on Monday regarding the strict implementation of a smoking ban in public places. The ban has been largely flouted ever since its passage by Parliament in 2008, but...

New Greek Government to Enforce Decade-old Anti-Smoking Laws

One of the pre-election pledges of Greece's new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was that his administration would enforce the anti-smoking laws already in existence in Greece. The nation's first legislation concerning the curbing of smoking went into effect on July...

US Coach Pitino Slams Greek Fans Smoking, Shooting Flares at Games

Rick Pitino, the coach of Greek team Panathinaikos, criticized fans earlier this week for smoking and lighting flares during games, according to the Associated Press. The coach says such behavior is disrespectful to players, who would simply like to play...

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...

Greece's Highest Court Bans Smoking in Casinos, Entertainment Venues

The Council of State, Greece's highest court, ruled that smoking be prohibited in casinos and entertainment venues exceeding 300 square meters, annulling a previous law, in a decision made known on Wednesday. The previous law, following a 2011 ministerial decision,...

This Greek Village is an Oasis of Non-Smoking in a Nation of Smokers

For the past forty years, no resident in the village of Skotino in the Hersonissos municipality of Heraklion, Crete, has taken a puff on a cigarette. The picturesque little town is a paradise for non-smokers in a country where...

EU Commissioner Blasts Greek Health Minister for Smoking in Public

EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety launched a verbal attack on Monday against  Greek deputy health minister Pavlos Polakis for smoking in public. Vytenis Andrikaitis, who is visiting Athens, held up a 2016 photo of Polakis smoking during a press conference in...

Greeks Turn to E-Cigarettes to Quit Tobacco Reveals New Study

A new study commissioned by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, the National School of Public Health and the universities of Patra and Macedonia has revealed that  cigarette smoking in Greece has been drastically reduced. Credit for this sea...

Greece's Astypalea Aims to Become First Smoke-Free Island

The island of Astypalea, in the Dodecanese, has set the ambitious task of becoming the first Greek island that is "smoke-free". In a country where smoking is widespread, the local authority announced plans to run the campaign of "Astypalea without...