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Smoking Prevention in China

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Aug• 30•11

All tobacco companies are state-owned, and the industry provides signifiant revenue; it also directly employs more than half a million people. From the government’s perspective, smoking is important to stability, both economic and social. ┬áSome cigarettes are even subsidized–the cheapest brands cost as little as thirty cents a pack, because officials fear that farmers will become unhappy if they can’t afford to smoke.

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