Apparently they also have butt checking squads to ensure you are smoking enough of the right brand. click here I'm not entirely sure what to say, we've all seen crazy new feeds, but this takes the biscuit.
A friend of mine who is a smoker recently returned from a buisness trip to china and he commented that smoking dried horse manure, old newspapers and sloanes linament is probably better for your health than actual tobacco.
Whilst I agree that protectionism is a poor way of doing business, there is little to affect the UK in this. We only import tobacco to manufacture cigarettes; some of these are exported. I presume the Chinese grow some tobacco for domestic use and import the remainder. What percentage of imported cigarettes such action would affect is not clear, but may only be a very small figure, and, similarly, as a percentage of any manufactured in the UK. It is likely that production from elsewhere may also be quite small, especially as it is, apparently, an action in one province alone.
Tobacco smoke is the least of their worries. If you visit the dumps where all our plastic ends up you will fall over from the fumes of piles of burning plastics in the local people's back yards as they "recycle" the stuff. And they wonder why the air quality is so poor.
above all else, and that's civil unrest on a large scale. It already has plenty of it on a small scale - there are hundreds of anti-government protests every year in China - but what keeps members of the Central Committe awake at night is the thought of dozens of small groups of dissidents coalescing under one leader and rising up against the Central government.
As the global recession bites deeper into China's domestic economy you can expect to see an increase in protectionist policies aimed at keeping a lid on the unrest that's brewing. Chinese people don't care where their consumer products come from as long as they're available and affordable. Thousands of China's small manufacturing companies have closed already, and more will follow as export markets show falling demand. Guangdong province, which has been the jewel in the crown of Chinese economic reform has almost a million registered manufacturing and service companies, and tens of thousands of them are facing closure. That means hundreds of thousands, if not millions of unemployed Chinese with nowhere to go except back to the agricultural country areas from whence they came in search of better pay.
Imagine huge numbers of people turning up in the villages with no money and no work, and you have a perfect recipe for severe civil unrest. There will be riots, and the government knows it.
Against that kind of background a little protectionism pales into insignificance in terms of its short term importance.
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