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Life flows slowly in Laos, just like their Mekong river. The people are gentle and unassuming. Lao People are sincere attitude and very humility. They put both palm together in front when meet others. Lao people like smoking, chewing betel nut, and most of them like drink. Some monks are smokers, whilst they, in fact, should be used as non-smoking role models. But there is no anti-smoking policy in temples. Elderly men like to smoke weed grown by the banks of the mighty Mekong River. Most of Laos are Buddhists. They eat relatively simple. Normally they eat rice and fish, the pork and lamb is for celebrate a festival Lao people prefer slightly acid, spicy and sweet flavor. Lao's characteristics meals are bamboo rice, Palm rice and so on. Most of the elderly enjoy the opium pipe in the evenings. They say it helps to relieve the aches and pains of old age and feel they earned this right after a lifetime of backbreaking work in the fields.

 

Photo of a man smoking marijuana in front his home in Kieng Than Lei. This little village is located on the Bolaven Plateau and is a great place to explore some of the lesser-known areas of the southern region of Laos. The Elderly men in Laos like to smoke. Smoking is higher among males 68% than females 16%. The highest smoking rate was reported in Southern Laos 53%.Smoking rate was higher in rural area 45% than urban areas 27%. Smoking rate was higher among the older age groups.

 

The number of smokers will double by the year 2020 unless the Government take effective action now. In Laos, more than 68 per cent of adult men are smoking. Laos is also the world's third largest producer of opium, a narcotic whose cultivation was encouraged by former French colonial administrators and the medicinal use of which remains common for pain relief. Medical experts warn that while opium is not as readily addictive as its derivative, heroin, withdrawal symptoms are painfully similar. Long criticized by the United States and other nations for weak anti-narcotics laws, Laos outlawed opium smoking less than a decade ago. The exact number of foreign opium smokers in Laos is impossible to determine, but conversations with young Western travelers suggest that many have tried or intend to try opium at least once during their visit here.

     

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Taken on July 16, 2009