As the saying goes; the lawmakers are the lawbreakers. The country’s state media published a photograph this week of North Korea’s Supreme leader, Kim Jong Un holding a cigarette in his hand, with smoke permeating from the tip in the middle of a North Korea anti-smoking drive.
According to the state-run news agency KCNA, the photo was taken while Kim was providing field guidance to the remodeled Mangyongdae Children’s Camp in the capital Pyongyang.
The sight of Kim smoking comes as a shock, as the country is in the midst of what North Korean state newspaper’s Rodong Sinmun calls a “brisk” anti-tobacco campaign sponsored by the government in a country which has a very great smoking population.
In 2012, over half of North Korean men were smokers according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).