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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-10-26

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  • [01] Econ crisis taking its toll on ... smoking habit
  • [02] Greek, Russian mutual desire to expand relations

  • [01] Econ crisis taking its toll on ... smoking habit

    AMNA/Health risks and the ongoing economic crisis are the main reasons leading smokers in Greece to seek help to quit their habit, according to a study made public on Tuesday.

    "Considering that the monthly cigarette budget ranges from 150 euros to 300 euros (1-2 cigarette packs/day) namely, 3,600 euros a year, quitting smoking through interventions is more affordable, while the individual is a winner, health-wise, and in terms of life quality," it was stressed in a press conference held on the occasion of the 29th Athens Classic Marathon, set to take place on Nov.13. amna

    Hellenic Thoracic Society (EPE) president Prof. Konstantinos Gourgoulianis said health risks (86 pct) are still the main reason that leads a smoker to decide to quit the habit.

    A total of 51 anti-smoking centers operate across the country, most of which are incorporated into public and private hospitals and municipal clinics.

    [02] Greek, Russian mutual desire to expand relations

    AMNA/Greece's and Russia's mutual desire to deepen and expand Greek-Russian relations at both political and economic level was stressed by Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs responsible for relations with European countries on Tuesday, after talks with visiting Greek foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis in Moscow.

    Titov noted Russian interest in investments in Greece as well as in Cyprus, and stressed that margins exist for further cooperation at economic level.

    According to diplomatic sources, the two men discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Greece-Russia Economic Committee in Athens in mid-December, and Russia's interest in investments in Greece and taking part in the opportunities opening up on the Greek market.amna

    They also reviewed preparations for a special emissary of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to Greece in the coming months and progress in preparations for the "Greece in Russia and Russian in Greece Year" that has been designated for 2014, and reaffirmed the two countries' common position and devotion to the materialisation of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis and South Stream pipelines.

    The two officials further discussed regional issues and current developments in the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean.

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