10 July 2009

Greek Anti-Smoking Laws

I'm still hoping that a mass of Greek apathy will see this off or that it'll slither away - like their handling of scandling.

I'm already much encouraged that the authorities themselves don't seem to know the full facts and that crucial elements still have to be decided upon, let alone put in place.

The law in a nutshell

  • Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places as of July 1
  • Owners of businesses 70m2 or smaller may apply for a permit to allow smoking
  • Smoking zones, which must be fully enclosed and independently ventilated, may be installed on premises measuring 70 to 300m2. These zones may not take up more than 30 percent of the space and a relevant permit is necessary
  • In live music venues larger than 300m2, 40 percent of the space may be given over to smokers, but a 2m-high glass wall and an “air curtain” must separate it from the non-smoking area
  • Smoking is banned in all workplaces. However, enterprises with more than 50 employees must provide a ventilated smoking room. A permit is necessary
  • Fines for individuals breaking the regulations range from 50 to 500 euros; for businesses, it’s 1,000 to 20,000 euros.
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