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Chinese Ordered To Smoke More To Boost Economy

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the smoke-while-you-do-it dept.

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Chinese officials have figured out a way to fight the bad economy and keep the people in flavor country all at once; make them smoke. The Gong'an county government has ordered its staff to smoke 230,000 packs of locally made cigarettes annually or risk being fined. "The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax," said Chen Nianzu, a member of the Gong'an cigarette market supervision team.

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8 comments

Smart move (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27820321)

Just think of all the money they will save on retirement benefits and elder care!

Re:Smart move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27822659)

Just think of all the money they will make selling those organs.

Re:Smart move (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#27823391)

Who wants smoky organs?

Re:Smart move (1)

empraptor (748821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27826341)

hannibal lecter?

Re:Smart move (1)

santiagoanders (1357681) | more than 5 years ago | (#27837275)

Parent post needs some funny points.

Broken windows? (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 5 years ago | (#27823281)

This sounds a lot like the broken window fallacy [wikipedia.org] . At best it is a net wash since those resources could have been better used for other purposes.

Re:Broken windows? (1)

American Terrorist (1494195) | more than 5 years ago | (#27833661)

You're not accounting for the benefits of lower population...

Lower Pop FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27841765)

Actually in an overpopulated nation, it may seem callous but its a good idea. Get the money flowing AND reduce population. If they keep this up, it will curb population growth rates in a generation or two, maybe sooner.

Even better, having an existing populating highly addicted to a substance which you can readily regulate is an added benefit.

Coldly logical, so perfect a decision in its administrative simplicity.

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