Saturday, October 1, 2011

Smoking Permitted Once Again in Specified Areas | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Smoking will be once again permitted in Greece given the country’s poor financial situation. The new measure will allow smokers to smoke inside casinos and big nightclubs exceeding 300m2.


Ah Ha! Smoking bans do hurt the economy! Of course, that is exactly what many of us in the blogosphere have been saying ever since the dawn of health fascism arrived at our doors, our restaurants, our local pub/bar/club, and (most recently) many of our parks.

There has never been a need to waste money on "studies" to prove whether or not smoking bans harm businesses and thus the economies of the world in aggregate. All that government officials the world over needed to do was ask the owners of privately owned establishments about whether or not smoking bans harm business. They are, after all, the real experts on all matters pertaining to everything and anything hospitality. If smoking bans were good for the economy (any economy), then there would be no need for smoking bans in the first place.

Call it an oxymoron that is destined to reveal the truth. No matter how hard the proponents of smoking bans on privately owned property attempt to deny these facts with tired and useless refutations that cost tax payers their time, money, and freedom, the pendulum will swing back in the other direction. It has to and this latest development in Greece just proves it.

I will be looking forward to this headline coming from Greece within the next year:

Greece restores freedom of choice to ALL bar, restaurant, casino, and club owners.

Now that sounds like good economic policy, don't you think?

Smoking Permitted Once Again in Specified Areas | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

2 comments:

  1. At €200 per square metre on 50% of 300 square metres that's a €30,000 levy per annum to allow smokers back in. I know that Casinos and Bouzoukis (Greek nightclubs with live traditional music) make good profits, but 30K is rather taking the piss. And I bet that levy will be on already taxed income. I rather feel that there will be some re-negotiation of the fees, or the take-up won't be very enthusiastic. Particularly given the fact that the vast majority of bars (at least, those outside the urban areas) completely ignore the ban anyway. All the bars I go to, ashtrays are provided. The owners know it would be economic suicide to do otherwise.

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  2. Nisakiman,

    True, it does amount to extortion. There shouldn't be any fees at all...not in a free country.

    "Particularly given the fact that the vast majority of bars (at least, those outside the urban areas) completely ignore the ban anyway."

    God bless the Greeks:-)

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