Half of Greeks ‘smok­ing less’

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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 yes­ter­day 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 the find­ings of the sur­vey marked a “small vic­tory.”

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