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Tobacco Company Papastratos Named Greece’s Top Employer

ATHENS — Although critics contend its products are responsible for massive hospitalizations and deaths, the tobacco company Papastratos was listed as the number one best employer in Greece.

It was followed by Aegean Airlines, which struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and relied on state aid, and then the ION chocolate company which has a long tradition in the country for a loved candy.

Those were the findings about the 10 top workplaces from the 

Randstand Employer Brand Research, which said after the top three came the Bank of Greece, biscuit maker Papadopoulos, Sklavenitis Hypermarkets, Elpen Pharmaceuticals, Demo Pharmaceuticals, National Bank of Greece and Vianex Pharmaceuticals.

The survey was conducted in Greece for the fourth year in a row, using a sample of the 150 companies that have the highest number of staff, with the participation of some 3,600 respondents, said Kathimerini.

In February, 2020 – just before the pandemic took hold -Papastratos, a member of Philip Morris International, has set an ambitious goal of leading one million smokers to abandon smoking in Greece by the end of 2021.

Christos Charpantidis, chairman and CEO in Papastratos, said: "All together as a society we must achieve the reduction of smokers in the country by one million by the end of 2021." 

Acknowledging this was a very ambitious goal, he noted "we know we can do it. During the last three years 300,000 people – former smokers – abandoned cigarettes in Greece, cutting out their use or opting for better alternatives”.

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