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Greece is going smokefree

Greece is going smokefree. According to CNN, the government’s slogan is “cut smoking, gain life.”

This should be interesting, because Greece has one of the highest rates of smoking among European countries — 42 percent of adults smoke. A whopping six of 10 workers surveyed said they are exposed to secondhand smoke at their workplaces every day. But it’s definitely the right thing to do, for the sake of the majority of the population who are nonsmokers. Further, this will cut down on Greece’s health care bill.

To help make this work, the government is imposing stiff fines: between $650 and $12,750 for each violation . The fine will double when there’s a recurrence.

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