Smoking Curb Could “Upset China Stability” – Reuters

From Reuters:

China’s stability could be threatened if the government tried to curb , a senior official said on Wednesday at a discussion of the annual meeting of parliament.

“Smoking harms people’s health, but restraining smoking threatens social stability,” said Zhang Baozhen, deputy chief of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration.

“Smokers rioted when the former Soviet Union collapsed because they could not get any cigarettes… The principle applies in China as well,” Zhang said, responding to proposals from some members of China’s parliamentary advisory body to curtail the smoking industry….[Full Text]

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