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Avid smoker Kim Jong Un decries foreign cigarettes as damaging to North Korea patriotism

It is unclear what impact, if any, Kim Jong Un's order to his leadership will have on the consumption of foreign cigarettes or the smuggling of counterfeit foreign cigarettes.

By JC Finley

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has directed North Korean officials to stop smoking foreign cigarettes.

According to a Yonhap News a source based in China who is involved in trade with North Korea said Kim equated smoking foreign cigarettes with a lack of patriotism.

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Kim has been seen at public events smoking an unidentified brand of cigarettes and is reportedly a habitual smoker. Kim is said to consider North Korea's domestically-produced cigarettes to be of good quality.

The U.S.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea published a report in 2014 that found North Korea has been involved in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes since at least the mid-1980s "and have continued as recently as 2013."

It is unclear what impact, if any, Kim's order to his leadership will have on the consumption of foreign cigarettes or the smuggling of counterfeit foreign cigarettes.

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