Disposing of butts into the environment can cause a fire and is therefore absolutely prohibited in the Hellenic Republic.
Smoking while driving is not totally prohibited in the Hellenic Republic, but in a number of cases, due to the risk of accidents and other considerations, it is punishable by law with heavy fines.
The basic fine for this offense is €200, but the Fire Protection Ordinance provides for escalating fines depending on the area in which this offense is committed (with an increased risk of fire) or if it is committed systematically. In the latter cases, the fine can reach up to 5,000 euros.
Smoking while driving in the presence of a child under the age of 12 is absolutely prohibited. According to the Anti-Smoking Act (4633/2019), smoking and the consumption of tobacco products are completely prohibited in all cars, private or public, when minors under the age of 12 are traveling in them.
The fine for smoking in the presence of a child under the age of 12 in a private car is 1,500 euros, and in a public car – 3,000 euros, and at the same time the driver’s license is revoked for a period of 1 month. It is also important to note that the driver’s license is also revoked when the offense is committed by another adult passenger in the vehicle.
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