Friday, 8 October 2010

Greeks struggle to enforce smoking ban

Greek authorities are discovering that their new ban in smoking is not working any better than one imposed in 2009, with 80 per cent of bars and restaurants flouting the ban.

They are protesting too.



Martin said...

I was on holiday in Greece when this latest ban was introduced and read an English version of Athens News which was very pro the ban and the pronouncements from the health minister seemed to regurgitate all the 'official' information and statistics that we were subjected to when our ban came in. Maybe there's an EUSSR template for them all to follow!
The one bar I went in on the day of the ban had removed all his ashtrays, but as most of the punters are outside this time of year it was a bit of a pointless exercise. The last ban wasn't enforced in Greece and I doubt if this one will as it seems it's compulsory to smoke there anyway! I regularly see Greeks pause halfway through a meal to have a smoke, which led me to think that it could be much better for the digestion to have a rest rather than wolfing the food down in one go! No wonder they have such a good life expectancy!
I'll be going back to Greece in April so it will be interesting to see what effect the ban has had.

jredheadgirl said...


Michael J. McFadden said...

It's good to see that Athenians have gotten smarter since the days when their wise men would drink hemlock just because the government told them to.