Smoking ban checks to restart

The Health Ministry has announced the return of stricter checks regarding the enforcement of a smoking ban in public places.

According to the ministry’s general secretary, Christina Papanikolaou, a new circular calls for the intensification of checks at schools, hospitals, restaurants, bars and nightclubs by inspectors in charge of the implementation of the law initially introduced in 2010.

The new wave of inspections is expected to meet with opposition from entrepreneurs who argue that the smoking ban will affect business amid the ongoing financial crisis.

In November 2012, the Council of State ruled that the ban was in keeping with Greek law and the Constitution, after 150 entrepreneurs and the Panhellenic Federation of Restaurants and Related Professions filed an appeal against it.

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