Smok­ing while driv­ing with a child in­vites heavy fine

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Peo­ple who smoke or use elec­tronic cig­a­rettes while driv­ing a pri­vate ve­hi­cle with a child un­der the age of 12 inside will be fined 1,500 eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to a new cir­cu­lar is­sued by the Health Min­istry.

The fine will be dou­bled to 3,000 eu­ros if the ve­hi­cle in which the of­fense is com­mit­ted is a truck or a taxi.

The new rules also stip­u­late that of­fend­ers will have their driv­ing li­censes sus­pended for a month.

Driv­ers will still be pe­nal­ized even if an­other per­son in the ve­hi­cle com­mits the of­fense.

The en­force­ment of the rule and the fines will be un­der­taken by the po­lice.

The cir­cu­lar comes as Greece has widely flouted a law is­sued in 2008 – af­ter other past at­tempts had failed be­fore – that for­bids smok­ing in the work­place, taxis and fer­ries.

The law also pro­hibits smok­ing in all en­closed pub­lic places, such cafes, bars and restau­rants.

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