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China orders officials to smoke or be fined

China and cigarettes go together

China and cigarettes go together

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. (via China orders officials to smoke or be fined).

The Chinese Central Government commands less than 25% of the total tax revenues – and the 75% goes to provinces. This, possibly is why the Chinese Government cannot reduce cigarette usage in China.

PS: Some readers have commented that this story may not be real. The (local) Government circular is real and this incident is also real. I have embedded some links to give you a better idea – including the original link from Global Times.

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