Blanket ban on smoking for Greece
The possibility of smoking being banned in all public places is an option being seriously considered by the Greek Health Ministry, as officials held talks with workers’ unions with a view to overhauling the current ban, which is generally accepted to have been a flop.
The scientists on the steering committee that is examining Greece’s smoking laws yesterday advised the government to impose a blanket ban in place of the current regulations, which offer various loopholes and have proved too complicated for many business owners to understand or implement.
“A new law was passed seven months ago but it had many problems,” said Health Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou.
“This has been made clear to us during meetings with workers’ representatives. The problems have to do with contradictions and the lack of thought that has gone into the regulations.”
According to the law, which came into effect on July 1 last year, premises smaller than 70 square metres have to be either exclusively smoking or nonsmoking.
Those that decide to allow smoking must have their operating licenses revised and have adequate air-conditioning.
Larger establishments must restrict smoking to a separate section of their premises, exceeding no more than 30 percent of the total area.
Businesses employing fewer than 50 workers are obliged to ban smoking on the premises.
According to sources, owners of nightclubs, restaurants and cafes have agreed to a complete smoking ban but they want the current restrictions lifted and a new law to come into force from next year.
They are also demanding that any penalties for illegally smoking on their premises be imposed on the customers who are flouting the law and not on the businesses.
“In the days to come, based on the information we have gathered, we will present a comprehensive policy on this issue,” said the health minister.
- Register Now
- Fans make the Wanderers a good investment
- Do it like the Greeks says German consul
- Tailor made coffee
- Turkey condemns NSW's genocide recognition
- Sisterly love to the end
- Greek shipowners choose Chinese shipyards
- Mykonos: Something to 'Crowe' about
- Fitch upgrades Greece's credit rating
- Simon, Carle and Nichols return to A-League
- Political history in the Arts
- 8 May 2013 | 12 Votes
- 3 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 15 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 8 May 2013 | 8 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 7 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 6 Votes
More from this Section
- Greek journalist arrested in Iran
- Tax overhaul draft sees no declarations for single incomes
- Greek men affected by crisis
- Anti-racism bill might go back to coalition leaders
- Security fear at Muslim Assoc
- Volunteerism on the rise in Greece
- Greek shipowners choose Chinese shipyards
- Anti-racism legislation divides coalition
- Paedophilia charge for Greek Australian
- 13 injured in taverna blast in Salamina
Greek artist-architect, sculptor and philosopher Kostis Velonis talks to Neos Kosmos as he visits Melbourne for the opening of the exhibition Direct Democracy
Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, and Alex Dimitriades take over The Party, presented by DJ Krazy Kon.
Immigration Minister says negotiations continue for the long-awaited Working Holiday Visa
Open to the general public, the lecture by professor Vrasidas Karalis is a highlight in the Brisbane lecture series
The FFA chief, David Gallop says the A-League will make up for a Socceroos' loss
Central Coast suffered a 3-0 defeat in China, effectively ending their ACL campaign
Melbourne man John Karatzaferis is suing Qatar Airways for allegedly aggravating a previous injury after he was hit by the drinks cart during a flight
The 2013-14 program provides 128,550 places for skilled migrants; 60,885 places for family migration and 565 places for special cases
Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is suing three newspapers over claims she held a $550 million Swiss bank account
The conclusion of the A1 basketball league’s regular season saw the relegation of Peristeri to the A2 after a dramatic battle with Ilisiakos
President of GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis sat down with German consul Michael Pearce SC
On top of the $26 million allocated for the 2013-14 budget, the Vic government will include an extra $1.86 million over two years for multiculturalism
Coming off his first sold-out Australian tour in 2012, the popular Greek singer is branching out to his far away fans and will bring a new, more energetic show.
Many Australian soccer teams underestimate the power of their fans.
A musical passage from the Mediterranean to Mesopotamia
The Socceroo has only made six starts for Celtic
Final evacuation site of the Anzacs marked for posterity
16 metres higher than Nonda Katsalidis' Australia 108 building, reported plans for 555 Collins Street are raising eyebrows