Fewer smokers in North Korea

| May 5, 2016

The authorities in North Korea said yesterday that policies they were adopting were helping to cut the number of smokers in the country, according to a Reuters story.

The government was said by the North’s official KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) news agency to have cut the total area planted to tobacco ‘as much as possible’.

And health warnings were required on cigarette packs, it said.

The number of non-smokers was increasing remarkably with each passing day, and the number of male smokers was eight percent lower in 2013 than it was four years earlier.

The news agency made no mention of leader Kim Jong Un’s habit and the fact that he is frequently seen with a cigarette in hand in public.

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