Liquor and opium trade along the China-Russia border in the Russian Far East in the early twentieth century (article)

Sorokina, Tatyana. “Liquor and Opium.” Inner Asia 16, no. 1 (June 2014): 139–51. “Explores legal and illegal forms of trade along the China-Russia border in the Russian Far East in the early twentieth century as a case-study for understanding the relation between the state, regional economies and consumption desires.”

Slow attempts to wean 300 million Chinese smokers from tobacco

According to the Christian Science Monitot, 57% of Chinese men smoke and fewer than a quarter of the Chinese people know that tobacco is dangerous to their health.  There are a few attempts as reducing smoking.  For instance, Beijing University has banned smoking on its campus.  If the Chinese people quit smoking altogether, government finances would be hurt.  In 2009 the government tobacco monopoly earned $93 billion, plus there were $77 billion in tobacco taxes (or 7% of all government tax revenue).

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/1215/Coming-slowly-to-300-million-Chinese-puffers-smoke-free-zones