Overall, flavored cigarettes are nothing new to the U.S. market. From the moment these little sticks rose to popularity in our country, Americans have been purchasing cigarettes flavored with menthol (mint) and are now resorting to the electronic variety as technology progresses. However, at some point, did you ever hear about clove-flavored cigarettes? Also known as kreteks, these cigarettes are often put in a spotlight as a “healthy alternative” to regular tobacco, although, as you have probably guessed, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s take a closer look and review the toxic nature of clove cigarettes.
A Lethal Mixture
Although these are marketed as safe alternatives to regular varieties, the fact of the matter is that clove cigarettes are even deadlier than the regular cigarettes. Researchers have confirmed these sticks contain higher quantities of nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide than the garden variety and put people at 20 times greater risk for developing lung cancer or other lung diseases. Clove cigarettes are also infused with eugenol, an anesthetic that allows people to take a deeper drag, and thus, inhale more smoke.
Additionally, large doses of cloves can also inflict damage to the body by triggering unpleasant symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, bowel problems, increased heart rate, ragged breathing, and drowsiness. In some cases, the cloves can damage the lungs.
In many cases, clove cigarettes are gateway drugs for young people, in the same manner as hand-rolled bidi cigarettes. In the 1980s, these drugs became particularly popular among college students, especially in our beautiful California. Finally, imports from Indonesia (mostly) produced 150 million clove cigarettes in our country. However, the action of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drove a massive wedge into this problem.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.