China orders officials to smoke

To support their local cigarette manufacturers, a county in central China is ordering its staff to smoke 230,000 packs of cigarettes a year or face fines.

While on the surface, it seems like a ridiculous “Ohhhh, you silly, backward foreigners” type of story, try hard to imagine yourself in the twisted world where you are forced to smoke.

In a world panicking about swine flu, it’s pretty aggravating to see somewhere going out of their way to cause disease.

The original AFP article.

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