Friday May 22, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
One in 10 pupils a ‘regular smoker’

As a state crackdown on smoking in public places intensifies, a joint survey by the Education and Health ministries has indicated that smoking among school-age children is a growing problem, with one in 10 secondary school pupils admitting to smoking regularly while the majority claim to have had their first cigarette before the age of 13.

The survey, which questioned 28,088 pupils from middle and senior high schools across the country, found that 26 percent of the students had smoked at least once. It also found that that 10 percent of all secondary school students – some 22,000 children – smoke regularly. Most said they smoked for the first time before the age of 13 while nearly two out of 10 said they had their first puff on a cigarette before the age of 10.

The survey also sought to determine the possible influence of parents on the children’s smoking habits and discovered that more than 60 percent of respondents said either one or both of their parents smoked.

Meanwhile seven out of 10 among the respondents questioned said they had suffered breathing problems due to excessive smoke in a bar or club at least once, while the overwhelming majority (94.4 percent) said they believed that obliging nonsmokers to breathe the fumes from smokers in closed public spaces was unfair.

In recent weeks, state inspectors have started implementing a ban on smoking in restaurants, cafes and other enclosed public places that was implemented in September 2010 but was hardly enforced.

Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos on Wednesday called on parents and teachers to avoid smoking in front of children and being “negative role models.”

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday May 14, 2014 (21:35)  
Juncker, Tsipras eye Greece deal in early June
EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece
N17 convict Xeros gets more time for defense on prison breakout plan
Civil aviation staff to hold walkout on holiday weekend
Slow ending to a good bourse week
For the third time in the past few days the Greek bourse’s benchmark failed to stay above the 850-point level on Friday, as the EU summit in Riga gave traders an ambiguous picture of the cou...
Lagarde says much work left to be done on Greece deal
A potential deal to help resolve Greece's debt crisis still requires a lot of work and must not be rushed, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday. "I know there is a lot ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Greece escapes soccer suspension, FIFA happy with changes
FIFA says it is satisfied with changes made to sporting law in Greece, and has dropped a threat to suspend the country from international competition. In a letter to the government dated May...
SOCCER
Four-goal Panathinaikos thrashes Asteras away
Panathinaikos thrashed Asteras at Tripoli to gain an early advantage in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifiers, as the Super League play-offs got under way on Wedne...
Inside Sports
EDITORIAL
Consensus is key
The education bill that has been put forward by Greece’s leftist-led government has to be the subject of extensive public consultation. Even more importantly, it needs to be approved in Parl...
COMMENTARY
The other inequality: how the state spends our money
Growing inequality between rich and poor across the world has rightly become the focus of much investigation and analysis. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development underline...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Slow ending to a good bourse week
2. Juncker, Tsipras eye Greece deal in early June
3. Greece escapes soccer suspension, FIFA happy with changes
4. Lagarde says much work left to be done on Greece deal
5. EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece
6. Greece to cut bank rescue fund managers´ pay by 40 percent
more news
Today
This Week
1. Merkel stamps out brief optimism on Greece after Tsipras talks
2. Tsipras to meet Juncker on second day of Riga summit
3. Lessons from Israel’s tech miracle
4. EOPYY struggles for funding, sees overdue debt rise
5. Banks will be asked to revise their restructuring plans
6. Greece sees reforms deal with lenders in next 10 days, spokesman says
Today
This Week
1. The Greek-German breakthrough that didn’t come
2. Phony dilemma
3. Greece came close to not paying IMF
4. Conspiracy madness
5. National self-awareness put to the test
6. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.