Ever wonder what people in Laos were smoking in the 1960s as they cruised around in their new Mazdas?
Well here is the answer. Consulate cigarettes, for one, a brand from England.
Then there were “Sam Dao” or “Three Stars” cigarettes. While the package states that the tobacco is “U.S.A. Blend,” this was actually a German company.
Then we have Phaxeun. I can’t read the Lao text, so I’m not sure where it comes from, but the packaging suggests that, like “Sam Dao,” it was a Western brand which had been given a Lao name.
And then finally there was at least one Lao brand of cigarette – Muang Thong.