Always smoking

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© Daniel Mueller
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UploadedMarch 18, 2010
TakenMarch 13, 2010
Exposure1/1500 sec at f/4.5
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Focal Length161 mm
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Like men older men, smoking is a huge part of life in rural China. I believe one newspaper here said that nearly 80% of men smoke. When you meet someone, you are offered a cigarette immediately. Smoking takes place everywhere, in crowded buses, in the bank, while teaching, by police officers next to the no smoking signs. It is an epidemic of rural China. We have seen young children less then 10 picking up dropped cigarettes to smoke. Men buy cigarettes instead of medicine or food if given the choice. It makes me sad how strong the power smoking has over the culture and people here.

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  • Jean Creamer

    Jean Creamer said (18 Mar 2010):

    Love this photo. I did not realize how much smoking plays in the life of the people in China. You are correct in saying it is sad. Keep the pictures coming! Thanks!

  • Yacouba Tanou

    Yacouba Tanou gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    Nice portrait!

  • kombizz kashani

    kombizz kashani said (18 Mar 2010):

    out of focus

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    I love all the caption you have with our photo`s,.....It helps to know what you were thinking when you took the shot,...

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