Kim Jong-un defies North Korea's no-smoking rule

The supreme leader was photographed recently holding a cigarette in his hand during a visit to a children’s hospital

Pyongyang: Kim Jong-un is not practising what he preaches. While his country is in the middle of an official anti-smoking campaign, the North Korean leader was spotted smoking in public for the first time in around two months.

This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 4 shows Kim Jong-un with a cigarette in his hand. Pic/KCNA
This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 4 shows Kim Jong-un with a cigarette in his hand. Pic/KCNA

The state media showed the Supreme Leader with a cigarette in his hand while he was visiting a children’s camp in Pyongyang. He was last seen lighting up on March 15 while attending a test of a North Korean rocket motor.

The sight of Kim smoking is surprising, as the country is in the midst of a “brisk” anti-tobacco campaign, according to its newspaper Rodong Sinmun. in a country which has a large smoking population.

To spread the anti-smoking message, Korean Central TV had also broadcast a 40 minute-long programme entitled “The Extra Quality Favourite Item Threatening Life,’ in which women scolded male smokers, calling them “imbeciles who upset their surroundings,” the BBC reported.

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