Vice Squad
Monday, December 20, 2004
Monks Gone Bad

I am sitting in an Internet Cafe in London and the person next to me has a pack of cigarettes (Dunhill's) with a large warning message: 'Smoking Kills.' Thailand, on the other hand, is getting more creative than Britain with its warning messages. The warning message soon to be placed on Thai cigarette packs: 'Donating cigarettes to monks is a sin.' Where's the economist to warn of fungibility? Won't would-be cigarette-donors switch to monetary donations, so the monks can buy their own smokes?

Apologies for being the disappearing blogger. I was temporarily indisposed -- though for a good cause.

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