Greece is trying once again to enforce a smoking ban.
The last of several attempts came last year but went largely ignored by Europe’s most nicotine-addicted public.
Some 42 percent of Greek adults smoke and while the health benefits of an effective ban are clear to most, bar and restaurant owners fear a loss in trade that is already suffering the effects of recession.
Nikos Louvros, a bar owner in Athens said:
“I’m against any sudden last-minute measure that is imposed on us, simply because somebody decided to see it it happen. We all have our lives and we know how to lead them.”
Waitress Artemis Livardarou added that “although I would support a law that bans smoking in some places, I think that owners of these places should be given the choice to create zones for smokers and non-smokers.”
Smokers caught lighting up in enclosed public spaces face fines of up to 500 euros, while businesses could have to cough up a maximum of 10,000 euros if anyone lights up on their premises.