"The authorities in Gong'an county [China] had told civil servants and teachers to smoke 230,000 packs of the locally-made Hubei brand each year.The rule was rescinded yesterday.
Those who did not smoke enough or used brands from other provinces or overseas faced being fined or even fired.
"The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax," Chen Nianzu, a member of the cigarette market supervision team in Gong'an county, Hubei province, told the Global Times newspaper."
- China Cigarette Order Up In Smoke, BBC News, May 5, 2009
Is it fair of me to draw an analogy between the Chinese government encouraging consumption of tobacco and the US government encouraging consumption of (highly processed, genetically engineered) corn? Okay, maybe not.