Woman in Bagan, Myanmar, smoking a cheroot 29 Jun 2017
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An elderly woman smokes an oversized cheroot (cigar). This is a common sight in Myanmar where men, women and children smoke cheroots. They are made in a factory near Inle Lake, you can add a tour around the factory on to Insight Guides' Majesty and Mystery in Myanmar trip.
Tobacco used as the filling of the cheroots is grown in Shan State in the east of the country. Bark, stems, roots and leaves are added to this as well as flavourings such as dried banana and pineapple to sweeten the taste. They are wrapped in corn husks and can be very large. They are very popular among locals, due to their cheap price.
This article was originally published on 28 October, 2015