Members of a music band smoke cigarettes on a bench as they take a break, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, on Wednesday. China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry of Finance said in early May, in a move to deter smokers in the world’s biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.
A vendor smokes a cigarette in front of sacks of potatoes piled up on a truck at a wholesale market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. China’s consumer inflation remained at a seven-month low in January while factory gate prices fell for a 23rd consecutive month, broadly in line with market expectations and with other recent data showing economic weakness, and indicating no change in the central bank’s policy stance.
Ali Fuat Kalkan, a former Turkish screenwriter, enjoys his evening cigarette as he sits in a small alleyway in downtown Istanbul, Turkey.