Thuoc lao, also called Nicotiana rustica, is strong pipe tobacco smoked after a meal on a full stomach to “aid in digestion” and one of the oldest customs in Vietnam. Thuoc lao literally means “drug from Laos”. This traditional Vietnamese tobacco can be either smoked or chewed.
What do Vietnamese smoke in peace pipes?
Usually it’s a very light, golden tobacco. The water inside the pipe cools the smoke… Yes it’s some kind of special tobacco that we’ve seen in our country as well as some others like Laos and Combodia.
Is Thuoc Lao dangerous?
It is considered to be more dangerous than regular cigarettes, and there have been several instances of sudden respiratory failure and individuals choking to death. However, Thuoc Lao remains popular among the minority and rural groups settled in Central and North Vietnam.
Do Vietnamese girls smoke?
Smoking in Vietnam, as elsewhere in Asia, is strongly sex-linked. A 1997 national prevalence survey found about half of males but just 3.4% of females used tobacco regularly. Little is known about smoking-related health awareness or attitudes in Vietnam.
Do people smoke in Vietnam?
Smoking in Vietnam is highly common, with an estimated 50% of men and 5% of women using tobacco, an estimated 18 million smokers. 47 million non-smokers in Vietnam are also regularly exposed to tobacco smoke.