Beijing Woman Trades Kisses for Cigarettes to Support New Regulations

Beijing Woman Trades Kisses for Cigarettes to Support New Regulations

One woman in Beijing showed her support for Beijing’s new smoking regulations by standing on a busy street offering to kiss anyone who gave up their cigarettes. A netizen who uploaded pictures of the woman to Weibo claimed that in addition to kissing those who turned in their cigarettes, she also explained the dangers of smoking. Netizens approved of the woman’s actions, saying “Trading cigarettes for a kiss is a good deal.”

Source: Netease

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  • mr.wiener

    I wonder what I would get for a shisha?

    • donscarletti

      No matter what you want to call it, a short length of garden hose stuck into the side of a Coke bottle is never a “shisha”.

      • mr.wiener

        I’d call that a bong.

    • JayJay

      A Hookah?

      • mr.wiener


  • helsic

    lol that guy’s face! totally a virgin! this could never happen in my country. People kiss everyone as a daily basis to say hello!

  • this guy looks so cute!

  • Vance

    Their activists are pretty and give kisses. Our activists camp out in parks, dress in stupid vagina or raw meat shaped costumes, scream at people and accuse them of killing children, etc. Clearly, in this case, China has one up on us!

    • Bman

      In China an ‘activist’ can only suck up to established government policy. In America ‘activists’ fight for something they believe in such as climate control or spreading the wealth. Or perhaps saving children? I guess that’s a Simpsons reference.
      Sooo, you prefer the Chinese model over freedom? Not me.

      • Vance

        NO WAY!! I know they can’t really have real activists. However, here is some one who says: “I want people to give up their cigarettes.” She does it by giving them something they like better. Here, an activist says, “I want people to give up cigarettes or sugary foods or meat or to cut carbon emissions.” They are most likely to try to do it by trying to take away the targeted item via laws or social stigmatization. I’m saying that when you want to change peoples’ behavior, it is better and more effective to do it by offering them something better as opposed to simply taking away that which they love and leaving an empty hole to be replace by something else that quite likely will be no better than what was taken away. In all this, I realize that most activism is just symbolic anyways. That guy in the pic very well may have gotten his sweet kiss and then went down the street and bought himself a new pack of cigs, but she has the right idea. If only they could start a new fad that replaced smoking, just make sure its one that is actually healthier than smoking.

        • Bman

          Well said, and I agree for the most part.
          I just think you are really trying to trivialize and mock the people in our own culture who stand up for what they believe. I’m not sure at what point they became seen as useless to you, but I see a vast amount of change needed in this world, and not enough people trying. People who are apathetic should be ashamed.
          If you don’t think people’s methods are worthy, or positive enough for you, perhaps you can help them to improve.

          • Vance

            I didn’t mean to convey that. I have taken part in protests myself so I don’t trivialize the art of protesting or the freedom to do so. For change to be effected, I think the process should go something like this: Express grievances and issue a petition of these grievances. Offer alternatives that will also meet peoples, needs. Then take actions to try to implement those alternatives.

            I will give an example: I love Coke and other soda drinks. But some out there would rather there not be sodas available because they are not the healthiest things to drink. They see this rising obesity here and they advocate solving this problem by limiting the availability of certain food items they judge unhealthy. I drink Coke like a fish. I like the taste and its cheap. If someone could offer me a sugar free cola that tastes exactly like Coke and is as inexpensive, I’d buy that in an instant. Instead they try to overtax and regulate it to make it harder for me to get, hoping that I will consume less of it and be more healthy. Well, I am the picture of good health. I look and feel better now at 45 than I did at 30. There is more to good health than how much junk food you consume. I resent them trying to make it hard for me to buy Coke. That is what I speak against, not protesting itself. I applaud this woman’s method of effecting a minor change in her society. I just think more here should advocate giving something better instead of taking away. I do agree with you that protesting is a sacred right that should not be infringed.

          • Bman

            I think Coke should be illegal; cigarettes too. Corporations need to be accountable to the human race.
            But yah, I agree, it’s your choice if you want to drink it. Though with marketing the way it is, maybe we’ve just been brainwashed and choice is more of an illusion than we think.
            I was talking about more fundamentally important activism, such as the occupy movement. And I agree with you there that that woman is doing good.

            Upon reflection, the reason I reacted against her is simply because I live in China. I find it hard to believe that anyone here cares enough about others to do anything. Even calling an ambulance is something an injured person can’t count on. Its a twisted way to live, and I’ll try to keep more positive. Though I can’t help thinking Beijing lady had some sort of scam happening…

          • Vance

            God, I HOPE there are at some good people in China!! But your impression of the society there seems very widespread among people who have been there. They seem to behave very thoughtlessly in public, and yet look at the popular stories and songs that circulate on the Internet. Those all seem to me to be very romantic and sweet. So I am left to conclude that many in China are self-centered and thoughtless but wish they weren’t? Weird…

            I agree with you. Protesting is a valuable tradition and sacred protected right that we have here that is highly discouraged in China (I’ll never forget the Beijing Olympic Park protest area they had where a few people registered to stage protests on various topics and wound up in jail. Remember that every Olympics has a park with areas for gathering and demonstrating. All this in the new open China.)

            You contradicted yourself though. You said Coke should be illegal, then you said it’s my choice if I want to drink it. I would prefer that it remain my choice. :) The thing about cigs is that they can harm others around them so yea, at least keep them away from others who don’t want anything to do with them. They will never be illegal because the government makes too much tax money off of them. We can hold corporations accountable by not buying their stuff and enforcing reasonable regulations so that everyone’s liberties are protected, stockholders as well as the man on the street with his hot dog cart on a bicycle.

  • Bman

    Ok, in China an ‘activist’ can only suck up to the government or else he will face jail or worse.
    Geesh, do I really need to spell that out for ya Mr. Guest? I kind of thought the plight of activists in China was well known.

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