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Half of Greeks ‘smoking less,’ study shows

Half of Greek smokers are lighting up less frequently than they were before the introduction of a blanket ban on smoking in public places last September, according to the results of a new study whose results were made public on Tuesday at a press conference attended by Health Minister Andreas Loverdos.

The study was carried out by the firm K-Research on behalf of the Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL), which is running a telephone hotline to inform citizens about the ban.

Of the respondents questioned, 54 percent claimed to be smoking less because of the ban while 38 percent said they had stopped smoking at home.

Seven out of 10 said they had not smoked during their last visit to a bar or restaurant.

The only negative finding was that 28 percent of doctors and nurses questioned admitted to smoking at work. Loverdos, who recently admitted that the ban was being laxly enforced, said on Tuesday that the findings of the survey marked a ?small victory.?