The smell of burning incense is a familiar and soothing sensation.
It is what incense users in Myanmar’s Buddhist-majority country say they dread.
But unlike other traditional smoke-making practices, which involve a long and laborious ritual and steeped in tradition, burning incenses are now widely available.
The country’s government says it is trying to eradicate the practice, which is not only dangerous to the environment but is also harmful to the people who smoke it.
It bans the sale of incense in shops and in public places, and it is illegal to burn incense outdoors.
In recent years, the Myanmar government has started issuing licenses for businesses to operate as boshan, or traditional smoke shops.
It says these shops, which sell incense and are often associated with religion, are the best way to protect the environment and the people.
But for many, the shops have been an escape from traditional rituals, which are often accompanied by religious superstitions, such as the belief that burning incantations could make the world a better place.
As a result, the market for burning incensed tobacco is booming.
The industry has been growing steadily, with more than 50,000 vendors now operating in Myanmar, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
This year, sales of tobacco were worth about $8 million, according the UNODC, up from $2.3 million in 2014.
In 2016, the UN said that Myanmar has become the world’s largest exporter of tobacco.
It is not just Myanmar that is expanding its use of the incense.
In China, incense smoke is also being sold to China, where many have switched from tobacco cigarettes to burning incants.
In 2018, China issued its first incense-burning license.
The move comes as Myanmar, which until recently was known as Burma, has been embroiled in an escalating dispute with China.
Last year, Myanmar signed a $6 billion aid package with the Chinese government, which will support economic development and jobs in the region.