Greeks Give Up Smoking in Record Numbers

Greeks Give Up Smoking in Record Numbers


Greeks are quitting smoking in record numbers, according to a survey by pollsters KAPA Research that covers the past 5 years.


The nation-wide survey conducted on behalf of the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece showed that 27.1% of the population said they were smokers compared to 36.7% in 2012.


Presenting the results of the survey, professor Panagiotis Behrakis, Director of the Public Health Institute and Head of SmokeFreeGreece,  said the drop was a record in the EU. SmokeFreeGreece is supported by the Behrakis Foundation, a non-profit that has been fighting tobacco use in Greece for the past decade.


According to the findings Greeks expressed strong opposition to smoking with 88.1% saying that reducing smoking should become a national goal.


Anger at passive smoking


The survey also focused on anti-smoking legislation in enclosed public areas.


The vast majority of respondents, 83.8%, said that non-compliance with anti-smoking laws was unacceptable, while 76.1% expressed anger at the fact that Greece is the only EU country that tolerates smoking indoors.


According to the survey, 96.6% of respondents had been in non-smoking establishments where the law was not applied.


93% believe that the authorities have not taken the necessary steps to implement the law.