Anybody seen any changes in the tavernas/bars etc with the first day of the smoking ban?
Up in the village where I live our local kafenion owner has banned smoking inside the premises, and other taverna and kafenion owners here are saying that they will be adhering to it as they can't afford to get caught and face large fines.
What about in the resorts though - are people taking any notice? Or is it too early to tell?
There was a last minute change to the rules.....any taverna etc smaller than 75sq m is allowed to designate if smoking or non smoking.......so by my reckoning that would probably cover 95% of kafenion. Premises larger can have a smoking area if it is entrely separate and well ventilated. If you want to see news re this its on the BBC News website Europe page.
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 01 July 2009 at 6:38pm - IP Logged
Having read through several articles and information sites about the new legislation, what I have noticed is, in respect of the under 70sqm rule, - the premises is either designated smoking or non smoking - and it seems that if designated a smoking bar ONLY smokers are allowed in!
OK, I don't expect this is really the case, but I have read 3 sites, all of which appear independent from each other, that all give the same info. It'd be one way of keeping the sales of ciggies up!!
Anyway, I started this thread was to see if anyone else had any first hand experience of the implications of the new rules on day one? Nothing to write home about so far...
Message posted by MellnKell on 01 July 2009 at 11:25pm - IP Logged
I was in Spain on New Years day a few years ago , the day that their smoking ban was implemented.
It was so strict at first......but now I beleive that they have relaxed it slightly....those bars designated 'smoking bars' became almost no-go areas because of the amount of smoke in there (when previously it would have neen populated by a mix of smokers and non smokers so only 50% of the smoke!)
now it seems only the hotels adhere to it, having built large conservatories with strong ventilation/air con...this satisfies the authorities seemingly.....but the bars are, largely, as was.
I expect the same will happen in corfu/greece.
Bill, I don't understand your post. If premises under 70 sq.m can choose to be designated as either smoking or non-smoking and if they choose to be designated as smoking then obviously smokers are allowed in. Why did you add an exclamation mark?
I'm not being at all combative and I'm not a smoker but I don't know what point you were trying to make. I usually find your posts to be very sensible but I don't understand this one, enlighten me please.
Meant in a lovely way,
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