China: "Smoke More to Boost the Economy" 中國:「振興經濟要多抽菸」


What are governments around the world doing to stimulate the economy? Great Britain is cutting sales taxes. Japan is building bridges and paving roads. And China is ordering their citizens to smoke more cigarettes.


The Telegraph reports that government officials in Hubei, China have ordered the local populace to purchase 230,000 packs of Hubei-branded cigarettes. If people "fail to meet their targets" or are caught smoking rival brands manufactured in neighboring Chinese provinces, they are fined and subjected to societal shame.


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.


The Telegraph reports that one village was required to purchase 400 cartons (80,000 cigarettes) for its local government officials, and even Hubei schoolteachers have smoking quotas.


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


China has 350 million smokers, about a million of whom die each year from smoking-related illnesses.



be subjected to:片語,受到……或被某事(所苦)。例句:The suspect was subjected to cross-examination at the police station.(嫌犯在警察局受到盤問。)

fly in the face of:片語,公然違抗。例句:Your theory is quite wrong; you are flying in the face of all the experts.(你的意見完全錯誤,你是在公然反抗所有的專家。)

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