China orders officials to smoke

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  1. dong20

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    "Officials in a county in central China have been told to smoke nearly a quarter million packs of locally made cigarettes annually or risk being fined, state media reported.

    The Gong'an county government in Hubei province has ordered its staff to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-produced cigarette brands a year, the Global Times said.

    Departments that fail to meet their targets will be fined, according to the report.

    "The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax," said Chen Nianzu, a member of the Gong'an cigarette market supervision team, according to the paper."

    One of the odder news stories I've read recently. I wonder what that works out to per head. Given the general level of ignorance about the risks/consequences of smoking among the Chinese population, it's even more sinister.

    No butts: China orders officials to smoke

    There's a lot more I could add, but ...
     
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    Maybe it's also a sinister ploy to reduce the population.
     
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    good ole China
     
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    Where there's smoke there's fire?

    somebody shoot me
     
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