Government Officials Say “Smoke More or Face a Fine”

Earlier this month, leaders in Gong’an County of Hebei Province issued an order for officials to smoke 23,000 packs of locally-produced cigarettes a year, but were met with a backlash from local media. The order was later repealed.

Yu Zhang of France 24’s The Observers has compiled an entry and has posted cartoons that mock the proposed smoking plan. Below are two of the cartoons. Yu Zhang and Du Xiaodong of The Observers provided the translation:


On the sleeve: “red letter order”. is a state-run website. The caricature was published in the opinion section. [From People]


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