Smoking to be prohibited in all entertainment venues including bars, casinos, clubs, and bouzoukia in Greece
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The Council of State in Greece has ruled that smoking is to be prohibited in casinos and in all entertainment venues including bars, clubs, and bouzoukia, exceeding 300 square metres and annulled Law 3868/2010, in a decision made known on Wednesday.

Law 3868, following a 2011 ministerial decision, had prohibited smoking in stores and health areas, but exempted casinos and large entertainment venues with music as long as they created closed or covered spaces for smokers of a maximum of half the surface of the total venue, and paid an annual fee of 200 euros per square metre of the smoking section.

The Council based its decision on the fact that since 2003 Greece is obliged by international treaty (World Health Organisation) to restrict smoking. The treaty was ratified by Law 420/2005, the Council said, and trumps any conflicting domestic law.

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