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Someone smoking a carton a week is a little crazy to begin with.
I understand the addiction side. Thats why instead of quiting I resorted to my old habit of chewing Copenhagan. I have been doing that on a regular basis for about a month now and I must say that while I get my fix. I see an extreme inprovement in my breathing and wallet.
Concerned about a fall in its tax take as smokers turned away from locally produced cigarettes it decided to set a smoking target to encourage consumption, and has found itself embroiled in a furious health-related row.
It ordered local officials to puff their way through 230,000 packs of local Hubei-produced cigarettes over the year. If they fail to meet the target, they will be fined. The aim was to boost tax revenues since the government can impose duty on sales of cigarettes produced locally but is cannot tax those from other provinces. For years the locals have preferred cigarettes from neighbouring Hunan province, regarded as some of the highest quality in the country.
Chinese civil servants left fuming by order to smoke more