Laws with­out en­force­ment

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The Health Min­istry is on the right track with its lat­est cir­cu­lar in­struct­ing au­thor­i­ties to im­pose a fine of 1,500 eu­ros on adults caught smok­ing or us­ing elec­tronic cig­a­rettes in their cars when there are chil­dren in the ve­hi­cle. The no­tice also or­ders them to strip the driv­ers of their li­censes. How­ever, the real issue is whether this mea­sure will ever be im­ple­mented. Ev­ery­one knows that smok­ing is pro­hib­ited in pub­lic build­ings, in places of busi­ness, bars and restau­rants, yet Greece is the only coun­try in the Western world where the ban is so sys­tem­at­i­cally and widely vi­o­lated. In gen­eral terms, the prin­ci­ple in Greece is that laws are there to be bro­ken, and the min­istry’s cir­cu­lar will more than likely re­ceive the same treat­ment. Hope­fully, we will be proved wrong.

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