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Kim Jong Un: Don't Smoke Unpatriotic Cigarettes

Ie, foreign cigs, he says, per Yonhap report
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Kim Jong Un: Don't Smoke Unpatriotic Cigarettes
In this April 9, 2014 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File)

(Newser) – In a call for patriotism, Kim Jong Un has barred his top officials from smoking cigarettes made outside North Korea, a source in China tells South Korea's Yonhap News. The insider, who is involved in trade with the country, says Kim doesn't see much need for foreign smokes, since those made in his country are just as good. It's possible that he has banned imports of foreign cigarettes entirely, Yonhap notes, but smuggling is common in the country and the move might not stop people from smoking outside brands. Kim himself is a smoker, though it's not clear what brand he uses. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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