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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Retailers hoarding cigarettes before price hike

Small shop selling cigarettes in the now demolished Nan'gok neighborhood. (c) AL 2000The government is going to rise cigarette prices later this year, so retailers are hoarding (sajaegi) cigarettes. Cigarette shippings last month were 42% up from last year.
KT&G (Korean Tobacco & Ginseng?) supplied 7.5 billion (75억) cigarettes to retailers this May.
The actual wholesale and retail sales of foodstuffs and cigarettes were down from last year (6% and 3%), so retailers' stocks are pretty full.

And finally a piece of anti-smoking agitation:

People should be prohibited to smoke for at least 5 minutes before they board the commuter train. Man it's revolting to have a chainsmoker with a stench of a freshly smoked cigarette sit down next to me. At least the one bad-smelling guy always sits on the same coach, so I know to avoid that place, but there are always others.
There was this famous Finnish sports educator who's said to have told, when asked if he doesn't mind about smoking in his presence, that "no I don't mind if it's ok that I fart."

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