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Chinese ordered to smoke more to boost economy
Posted: 05 May 2009 01:11 PM
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Local government officials in China have been ordered to smoke nearly a quarter of a million packs of cigarettes in a move to boost the local economy during the global financial crisis.

The edict, issued by officials in Hubei province in central China, threatens to fine officials who “fail to meet their targets” or are caught smoking rival brands manufactured in neighbouring provinces.

Even local schools have been issued with a smoking quota for teachers, while one village was ordered to purchase 400 cartons of cigarettes a year for its officials, according to the local government’s website.

The move, which flies in the face of national anti-smoking policies set in Beijing, is aimed at boosting tax revenues and protecting local manufacturers from outside competition from China’s 100 cigarette makers.

In total, officials have been ordered to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-branded cigarettes worth

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Posted: 05 May 2009 01:16 PM   [ # 1 ]
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So now there will be a boost to the black-market economy as they start selling wrappings to make your favourite cigarette look “official”.

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Posted: 05 May 2009 03:22 PM   [ # 2 ]
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Well this looks like a pretty good scheme to raise taxes while simultaneously culling the population; not to mention what it will do to boost expulsion of an already corroding atmosphere for the rest of the world. 

I smoke, but I’d be stunned if our government not only advocated it but pushed for it’s continued use.

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Posted: 05 May 2009 03:54 PM   [ # 3 ]
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It would probably be better for the environment and more traditional for the to push opium on people.

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Posted: 05 May 2009 04:05 PM   [ # 4 ]
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Agreed, at least they’d be happy!

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Posted: 05 May 2009 04:06 PM   [ # 5 ]
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Karl Marx said “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”

Bill Bailiey said “I think you’ll find that opium is, in fact, the opiate of the masses.”

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Posted: 06 May 2009 08:59 AM   [ # 6 ]
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OK. Could this be too

a. Give work to unemployed undertakers?
b. Provide teaching hospitals with a good supply of corpses?
c. Reduce welfare payments to an ageing population?
d. Promote James Dean look alikes?
e. In case of famine, get people to not notice how starved they really are?

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Posted: 06 May 2009 11:01 PM   [ # 7 ]
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Peter - 06 May 2009 12:59 PM

OK. Could this be too

a. Give work to unemployed undertakers?
b. Provide teaching hospitals with a good supply of corpses?
c. Reduce welfare payments to an ageing population?
d. Promote James Dean look alikes?
e. In case of famine, get people to not notice how starved they really are?

f. Ensure the local government officials were making anough money on a daily/weekly/monthly basis so that they do not have to live under the same circumstances as the rest of the people in China?

Ka-Ching!

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