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  • #37712
    markandlydia07
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        We are having a New Years Eve party at Cosmos Bar, Vrahassi, East Crete starting at 8.30 pm.
        Everyone welcome but remember its strictly non smoking, cheap drinks, good company, good music, bring food if you like and lets start the New Year with a bang!

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        #38146
        vintageguys
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            Thanks for letting us know its stricktly non smoking – Saves us a journey.
            Have a great New Year.

            #38448
            amadub
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                Hope you all have a great time. I am off to a party with no rules. Just fun.

                #38690
                markandlydia07
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                    Thanks to everyone who came along to Cosmos Bar, Vrahassi. We had a great night with great friends and a big thank you to George for making it a smoke free night, it was nice to go home a bit tipsy but not stinking of smoke, even all our greek friends smoked outside, thats the way it should be and the legal way!

                    #38880
                    amadub
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                        Your right, i would hate to be knocked by a drunk driver especially if his breath reeked of tobacco.

                        #39025
                        Titch
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                            Mark & Lydia
                            Fair play to you for giving people the option and glad to see you all had a great night and people still came along and smoked outside if they felt the need….you had the right people around you because true friends wouldn’t care if it was smoking or non smoking.
                            Have a great 2012

                            #39142
                            Phil100
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                                Great news about the non-smoking event, wrong end of the island for me.  I hope to see more non-smoking events posted – up the western end of the island would be nice as well.  A thread listing non-smoking bars/cafes/tavernas etc would be very helpful to us asthmatics (these are almost non-existent now in Chania – I know of two places only). Happy New Year.

                                #39244
                                markandlydia07
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                                    Thanks Phil and Happy New Year to you, the next non smoking event will be Easter in our village, it does work and even the locals in our village appreciate that most of the ex-pats are non smokers and are very supportive, even the real die hards amongst the greeks have taken to smoking outside the bar, they say our village of Vrahassi is full of revolutionist and maybe this is the start of smoke free bars!   

                                    #39330
                                    Titch
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                                        same as me Phil,we are near Reth so would have been a hike for us…look forward to more options our side of the island
                                        all the best

                                        #39404
                                        JGail
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                                            Hi Phil100 and Titch

                                            The Dunes in Almerida is a bar that operates a non-smoking policy. They also offer a delicious Sunday roast lunch throughout the winter which may be enjoyed without choking on cigarette smoke.

                                            Gail

                                            #39469
                                            Titch
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                                                Thanks for that Gail,always handy to know somewhere that’s recommended will def try. ;)
                                                Carol

                                                #39527
                                                amadub
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                                                    I am the wife of amadub and feel I just have to comment on your ‘non smoking’ fixation. Yes we all know by now that ‘smoking’ is the latest thing to hate, and to stigmatise people who do it.
                                                    Half the pubs in England have closed due to the minority of non-smokers who, with outrageous indignation, managed to get it banned, claiming that they did not want to sit in a smoke filled room…..the pubs are empty…where are the non-smokers?
                                                    I did not come to Crete to find a nest of little Englanders who are trying to impose their rules on me, and to make Crete into a second haven for puritans….I came here to get away from all that.
                                                    Please have your English roast dinners, and find a place where people do not smoke…i.e. England, but do not impose your narrow views in Crete or on me.

                                                    #39580
                                                    Fowles
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                                                        56454A5542300 wrote: I did not come to Crete to find a nest of little Englanders who are trying to impose their rules on me

                                                        I think you’ll find that it’s the Greek government not the "Little Englanders" that are imposing the rules! What is wrong with roast dinners? You are the small minded one to think that people ONLY eat and seek out English food here. It is natural to crave the things you were brought up on – and show me the Greek person who eats nothing but UK food when they are in the UK?!

                                                        #39626
                                                        Topdriller
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                                                            I had to go to my local Demos (Council Building) today to query my water bill. The Demos on the Akrotiri is a fairly modern building in good repair. As I waited to speak to the relevant folk re my bill I noted that several of the employees were walking around with lit cigarettes in their hand i.e. behind the counter.

                                                            At my local taverna you can still smoke inside although a number do go out to have a cigarette.

                                                            We all know smoking is bad for us – I smoke and want to / plan to give up on the 15th of this month i.e. when I get on a plane to go back to Aberdeen for three weeks – but it should also be remembered that it’s hard to stop (nicotine is more addictive than heroin) and even harder to remain stopped.

                                                            I have no problem with people wishing to have a drink without breathing in cigarette smoke – I’d been stopped for seven years before moving to Crete and became very righteous about passive smoking – but we should all remember that it’s a very addictive habit.

                                                            I know exactly what Mrs Amadub is talking about re roast beef dinners and the cliques that gather week in week out to moan about life here. We all like a change every now and again – and a good roast dinner is nice once in a while – but if you move here you have to go with the flow whether that’s the local food, the flouting of the smoking ban etc.

                                                            Jon

                                                            #39669
                                                            latsida
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                                                                why not try the E cigarettes Jon, they seem to work, there is shop selling them that has recently opened in Gouves so maybe there is one in your area.
                                                                I only ever smoked large cigars, which coupled with my behaviour soon cleared a pub, or at least used to!!!
                                                                I do not smoke now neither does my partner who had smoked for 50 years .
                                                                Hi Fowles,
                                                                can you still get UK food in the UK then? ;) ;)

                                                                #39709
                                                                Topdriller
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                                                                    Christine,

                                                                    Several friends of mine have been using the electronic cigarettes to try and give up but I’ve always found the patches work well for me. They break the addiction in about two weeks – although not always the craving that hits at the stangest of times – but you need to break the habit as well i.e. the ‘fondling’ of the cigarette in your hand, the lighting up etc. To my mind it’s got to be harder doing this when you have an electronic cigarette which continues to re enforce your old habits.

                                                                    My downfall last time was cigars. I’ll just have one, then it’s three and by the time the week’s over you’re inhaling a box a day!!

                                                                    My wife has also agreed to give up on the 15th – a first – so it’s hopefully going to be a lot easier this time around.

                                                                    Jon

                                                                    #39746
                                                                    Fowles
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                                                                        I find the patches work for me – just stick them over your eyes and you can’t find your fags.

                                                                        #39779
                                                                        latsida
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                                                                            that was fantastic Fowles :D

                                                                            #39810
                                                                            bettyboo
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                                                                                Makes you laugh someone being slagged off for trying to abide by the law (and yes, I know this is Greece)….talking of fags, can bingo be banned as well, they seem to go together nearly everywhere.

                                                                                #39840
                                                                                scooby
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                                                                                    I,ve tried a few times to stop smoking and the best chance I had was through the NHS. They advised me too change my habits, i.e. no coffee in the morning, eat a wine gum after a meal etc…I started again though. My failing was I just gotta have one after sex….it seems so natural ;) So now I have one cig a month ;D

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