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Offline Maik

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Smoking 'crackdown'
« on: Thursday, 25 July, 2019 @ 20:54:47 »
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Crackdown on smoking to begin in public buildings

A pledge by the government to crack down on smoking in public places – finally enforcing a law that was introduced a decade ago – will initially focus on Greece’s Parliament building, followed by ministries, hospitals, schools and other places where social services are provided, officials decided on Wednesday.

Officials also decided to launch a campaign to boost public awareness of the dangers of both active and passive smoking as authorities plan to spread the crackdown from public services to public places – bars, restaurants and cafes – over the coming months.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/242951/article/ekathimerini/news/crackdown-on-smoking-to-begin-in-public-buildings

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 25 July, 2019 @ 22:12:04 »
OK, let's see how this works out :cig:

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 26 July, 2019 @ 16:59:37 »
Indeed, it will seem a little strange to be examined by a doctor not holding a stethoscope in one hand and a cig in the other. Or seeing the local 'bobbie' temporarily exit the taverna for a cig after his meal.

What is Greece coming to?

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 27 July, 2019 @ 15:17:40 »
I am not holding my breath (well, yes, I have been doing so for at least ten years, trying to avoid others' smoke)...  :oki:

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 27 July, 2019 @ 16:15:43 »
I agree with the skepticism, but of course something has to finance a 20% ENFIA reduction....just saying.....  :schtum:

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #5 on: Monday, 05 August, 2019 @ 20:20:50 »
Tough fines for drivers that flout smoking rules

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Drivers of taxis, buses and other forms of public transport who smoke while on the job will be fined 1,500 euros and have their license revoked for a month, according to new traffic rules and a circular issued by the Health Ministry Monday.

At the same time, if there is a child under the age of 12 in the vehicle, the fine will rise to 3,000 euros.

Moreover, drivers of private vehicles who smoke while a youngster under the age of 12 is also in the vehicle will be fined 1,500 euros and have their license revoked.

They will be hit with the same penalty even if it is another passenger smoking in the vehicle.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243311/article/ekathimerini/news/tough-fines-for-drivers-that-flout-smoking-rules

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Re: Smoking 'crackdown'
« Reply #6 on: Monday, 12 August, 2019 @ 11:39:15 »
Smoking ban will work, says public health expert...
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Dr Panagiotis Behrakis, director of the Institute of Public Health at the American College of Greece, who is heading a council of experts steering the Greek government’s anti-smoking campaign, said he believes Greek society is ready for a full enforcement of the ban.

“When a newly elected prime minister, with an overwhelming majority, clearly prioritizes the issue and expresses strong will for the universal implementation of the law, there is no chance of losing. For the first time, I am optimistic. After all, the conditions have matured,” he told Kathimerini.

Behrakis says progress has already been made, with a change in mentality among the young, a reduction in the number of smokers, and implementations of the ban at private businesses. “However, public sector workers and senior officials continued to smoke at work,” he says.

“Top government officials should not be permitted to break the law without losing their positions. They have vowed to abide by the laws of the state, they are... responsible for the implementation of those provisions. If they violates them, they have no right to remain in the government.”

Behrakis said the smoking ban should be a topic of consensus, not dispute. “With the active input of all stakeholders, we will succeed in enforcing the law if they understand the following: We are not persecuting smokers; we are simply protecting non-smokers.”

He said inspections and fines are needed, but they will never replace the essence of the problem, which is mutual respect.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243502/article/ekathimerini/news/smoking-ban-will-work-says-public-health-expert