President Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday met with members of the National Coordinating Committee for the Control of Smoking and referred to the lack of determination displayed by the executive power in the implementation of the new and stricter anti-smoking law. On his part, committee head Panagiotis Behrakis expressed optimism and stressed that the results of the efforts made so far are promising, adding that “numbers are very positive”.
Behrakis said that the number of smokers dropped 4.1 pct in the past two years and 10 pct compared with 2006. The number of cigarettes consumed dropped 15 pct in the past year, while exposure to passive smoking in restaurants and clubs dropped 35 pct. The declining cigarette consumption, particularly among the young, was attributed to the high price of cigarettes.