It might come as a surprise, but it turns out China doesn’t get as much government revenue from crafts rather than from producing tobacco.
According to official reports, China is the one country in the world that tops the tobacco charts both in consuming and producing. 42% of the world’s cigarettes are Chinese productions. The country even has a social custom, according to which giving out cigarettes is considered to be a form of friendliness and even a sign of respect. Regardless of the government’s efforts to reduce the number of smokers in China, recent official reports show that there are still 350 million smokers in China. As of 2013 there are 317 million people living in the US, which practically means that there are more smokers in China rather than people in The States.
For quite some time the Chinese government has been trying to put a ban on public smoking just like the one in a great number of countries around the world. However, the government’s efforts seem to be ineffective.