I remember when I was a child, you could buy "sweet cigarettes" in newsagents and pretend to be "grown up" by sucking on a fake cigarette. How times have changed. But here in China something similar is all the rage at the moment. These malt-based soft drinks [see photo], marketed at children, don't actually have any alcohol in them, but look and smell like the real thing. I've had two of my students drinking them in class, joking with me that they are bottles of beer. Thankfully, alcohol abuse is less of a problem in China than, say, Britain but it's still a pretty despicable ploy by the drinks company.
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