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Thinking of Smoking in Public Places in Greece? Better Think Again

A Joint Ministerial Decision published in Greece's Government Gazette on Friday enforces new, much tougher fines for those who violate the smoking ban in public places in Greece. The new fines came to effect on Monday, November 18, as the...

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...

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...