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University Course On Tobacco Allows Students To Smoke In Class To Understand The Subject Better

A controversial course in a University in China provides opportunity for students to smoke cigarettes in order to have first hand understanding of the nature of tobacco.

Series of photos showing students casually lighting up cigarettes in what looks like a University classroom have been doing the rounds online for several months. Initially people wondered what was going on until it was discovered that the photos were taken in a classroom where students were smoking as part of a course they were doing, reports Oddity Central.

The controversial photos originally went viral on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, back in November of last year, but they’ve been resurfacing on various other social networks and news sites ever since. Young students can be seen lighting cigarettes and casually smoking them, while others take their photos with smartphones and the teacher casually observes the spectacle. Teen smoking is frowned upon in China, as it is pretty much everywhere else, so the photos caused quite a stir online even after the dean of the university where the smoking took place offered an explanation.
According to Zhao Zhengxiong, the dean of Yunan Agricultural University, the controversial photos were taking during a class on tobacco. The teacher brought various brands of cigarettes into the classroom and invited the students to try them as a way to better understand tobacco, its flavors, the irritation it causes to the throat, the aftertaste it leaves in the mouth, and the post-combustion ash. Although Zhao emphasized that the the students were not required to smoke, most of them did it anyway.

Students at Yunan Agricultural University took to the internet to defend the course and their teacher, saying that this sort of “sensory evaluation” of tobacco is an important part of their “Cigarette Technology” class, and pointing out that it doesn’t take place every day.
“This is not really smoking, we are learning this profession, sensory evaluation is necessary,” one student commented.

Yunan Agricultural University insisted that this sort of applied learning is different than everyday smoking, adding that safety instructions are given before every class and that students are not required to attend them. Still, a lot of people found the photos and the teaching method disturbing accusing the university of putting the students’ lives at risk.
Some people just stuck to snarky comments like ” What is the final exam, who can smoke a cigarette faster?”
Well, the students now have opportunity to smoke a stick or two without having to hide to do so.

Oddity Central 

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  1. Ara aghaghi ipu mmadu here.

  2. I thought they said smokers are reliable to die young

  3. The way forward

  4. ooo no!!!!
    let this madness not even reach Africa! we mad b4 already we no need smoke to understand am better

  5. Udogu Ogechi Victory

    Practical in the highest order. please they should not smoke again oo

  6. ezeh vivian chinaecherem

    so smoking will make them understands better!! hmmmm

  7. Egbuwalo Teniola Glory

    Practicalise it o….

  8. Nwufo Vivian chidimma

    No problem, its called experimenting

  9. Smoking for practical?
    Ọ dịkwa egwu o

  10. I never see this kind thing before, the lecturer must be an adhoc smoker….

  11. Lazarus Kelvin chidiebube

    This one off me oo

  12. Wow what a course

  13. Ezekwo Chinenye Josephine

    And thats how it starts…from experiment

  14. U no fit try this one for naira o

  15. I know to do practical is good but this one is absurd

  16. ntoruka maryjane

    Ntoruka Maryjane
    ironic issue

  17. Sounds weird, practical indeed.

  18. This is hillarious that is just an excuse to smoke

  19. This is hillarious that’s just an excuse to smoke practical indeed

  20. lol…First hand understanding indeed

  21. Okonkwo Isioma Jane

    Very bad

  22. Gabriel Precious


  23. Ok oo. Just an experiment

  24. This is not appropriate

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