Friday, July 3, 2009

When is a ban not a ban?

Greece, we are informed, is the latest European country to adopt a ban on smoking in public places. According to Reuters, for example, "Greeks were banned from smoking at work and inside bars and restaurants on Wednesday".

Er, not quite. According to the same report:

"A last-minute amendment allows offices where more than 50 people work to have designated smoking areas. Restaurant and bar owners of properties of up to 70 square metres can decide whether their business is smoking or non smoking. Others can set up ventilated smoking areas."

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be unhappy with a "ban" like that. Once again, the comprehensive ban in Britain and Ireland is shown to be draconian, unnecessary and out of step with most of the rest of Europe.

Full report HERE.

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