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More Greek Smokers Kick the Habit but Old Attitudes Linger

Held up as the exemplar of Greeks' refusal to kowtow to authority, the country's anti-smoking laws -- often flouted with abandon -- could come in for renewed scrutiny this week. Thursday is the World Health Organization (WHO)'s global 'No-Tobacco Day'...

Greece's High Court Upholds E-Cigarette Ban in Public Places

Electronic cigarettes fall under the same restrictions as cigarette smoking, Greece's  Council of State plenary has ruled, including a ban on their use in public spaces, transportation and in advertisements. Laws on conventional smoking also affect e-cigarettes, Greece's highest administrative...

Greek Minister Flouts Anti-Smoking Law (photos)

An embarrassing photo has emerged of a Greek minister smoking indoors during an event in Thessaly as the government is supposedly trying to enforce widely-flouted anti-smoking  laws. The mayor of Trikala, a town in Thessaly that has banned smoking in public,...

Greek Health Ministry to Enforce Dormant Anti-Smoking Law

Greece's Health Minister Andreas Xanthos on Wednesday called on competent authorities to enforce the anti-smoking law, and start strict checks on public places where smoking is being permitted. The 2010 anti-smoking law that bans smoking in closed spaces such as...

Greeks Experience 'Cultural Shift' on Smoking

Greeks have finally understood the problem of smoking and are kicking the habit, says a leading authority on public health. Speaking to the Greek Reporter, Prof. Panagiotis Behrakis, Director of the Public Health Institute at the American College of Greece...

Greeks Give Up Smoking in Record Numbers

Greeks have decided to quit smoking in record numbers, according to a survey by pollsters KAPA Research that covers the past 5 years. The nation-wide survey conducted on behalf of the Institute of Public Health of the American College of...

Greeks Top List of Antibiotics Consumption in the World, OECD Finds

Greeks topped the list for prescription and consumption of antibiotics in an annual Health report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published on Friday. According to the data, more than 35 prescriptions per 1,000 people are recorded...

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...

Contraband Cigarettes Cost Greece up to €1 Billion per Year

As no Greek government has managed so far to banish smoking in public places, the State is losing close to 1 billion euros every year from the sale of contraband tobacco and cigarettes. Tax raises and special levies on cigarettes...

Anti-Smoking Law in Greece a Lost Cause

Despite the fact that the law against smoking in public places went into effect almost 10 years ago (2008), Greece is not even close to implementing it. And even though smokers are the minority, they are the ones who...