Well, clove cigarette smoke, mixed with the smell of burning kerosene lamps, barbecueing satay . . . and sweat.
So it became somewhat of a novelty to me today when I read in the news that among the things that HR 1256, the tobacco bill that just passed both houses of Congress and is en route to Barack Obama’s desk for his signature, is the ban on the sale of clove cigarettes.
Because clove cigarettes, a rarity here, are among the classification of sweetened cigarettes that appeal to children.
The whole gamut of provisions within HR 1256 are listed at MSNBC’s website. Among them, they write this:
“Smokers, particularly the younger crowd, will find they can no longer buy cigarettes sweetened by candy flavors or any herb or spices such as strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon or vanilla.”
Indonesians love their clove cigarettes. Everyone who smokes there smoke clove cigarettes. It is a huge industry. As a matter of fact the maker of the most popular brand of kretek, Djarum, employs over 75,000 people at its factories. They have over 250,000 hectares of arable land planted in tobacco and the nicotine levels in the tobacco varies depending on where the tobacco grows. One Djarum brand is known to have the highest concentration of nicotine in the world.
And one more fun fact about clove cigarettes.
But like I said, you don’t smell it very often around here And I guess websites like this one will have to stop selling and shipping Djarum to
And it’s about time.