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Greece: Smoking Drivers Targetted

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        Smoking drivers to face penalties

        While the headline from the Greek newspaper ekathimerini conjures up images of cars with motorists whose hair has caught on fire, the latest serious message from the Greek government is to punish motorists who light up in their cars in the presence of children aged 12 and younger. They are to face large fines or the possible loss of their licenses, according to a draft law due to be submitted in Parliament this week.

        The legislation, being proposed by the Health Ministry, aims to punish motorists for exposing children of pre-school or primary school ages to the risks of passive smoking. It does not appear that the same penalties will apply to motorists smoking in the presence of older children.

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            I doubt whether they’ll enforce it, but I bloody well hope they do.
            I am quite a heavey smoker. I never smoke near my daughter and won’t let others smoke near here either. Not in the house and never ever in the car. My sister in law on the other hand, thinks nothing of lighting up in the car and it doesn’t matter how many kids she’s got in the back.

            I’ve tried several times to explain to here damage she is doing of course I may as well talk Chinese. Perhaps advertising on the TV by doctors may get even one these people to listen.

            Please excuse ranting on but this is one subject that makes me so angry!!

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