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Are Clove Cigarettes A Good Option?

Health Risks

While there are misleading rumours about clove cigarettes being the healthier, herbal alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, this is far from the truth. Clove cigarettes have been linked to a number of health problems and with their tobacco content of up to seventy percent, they carry all the same health risks as traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Research into the effects of clove cigarettes has shown that they actually deliver more carbon monoxide, tar and nicotine than regular cigarettes.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s emitted from car exhausts as well as faulty gas stoves and boilers. Exposure to low levels of this gas is linked to a variety of health problems and higher levels can lead to a coma or death.
Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to transport oxygen around the body. Reduced oxygen puts more pressure on the heart and other organs and causes flu like symptoms including dizziness, headaches and weakness.

Tar is a variety of harmful, carcinogenic chemicals that combine together to form a sticky substance that coats the lungs. Approximately seventy percent of the tar inhaled in cigarette smoke remains in the lungs where it causes tissue damage as well as increasing the risk of cancer and other health problems.


Clove cigarettes still contain nicotine, making them just as addictive as traditional tobacco cigarettes. This makes clove cigarettes and the associated health risks just as difficult to quit as well as being a gateway to smoking regular cigarettes.

Lung Damage

Evidence shows that smoking clove cigarettes puts some people at risk of developing rare but severe respiratory problems. Inhaling the smoke from clove cigarettes can also cause breathing difficulties and lung infections.
Smoking greatly increases the risk of lung damage, smokers are more than twenty times as likely to develop acute lung damage compared to nonsmokers.
Lung damage can reduce the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, putting more pressure on the heart and other organs. Even acute lung damage can include inflammation of lung tissue and the buildup of fluids that reduce oxygen absorption.
Just like smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, the risk of lung damage is higher among those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. This is just as true for first hand and second hand clove cigarette smoke.

Other organs

Because of reduced oxygen from lung damage, the heart is under pressure to pump more blood around the body, increasing the risk of heart disease. Reduced oxygen in the blood can also damage other organs and cause flu like symptoms including headaches, dizziness and weakness.

Long term effects

The long term effects of smoking clove cigarettes are unknown because the fad has not been popular for long periods of time. But serious health risks like cancer are believed to be just as high as with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Clove cigarettes have been linked to a variety of cancers, including, stomach and liver cancer as well as cancer of the pharynx, oesophagus and oral cavity.


There are also a number of health risks associated with the cloves that can make up around forty percent of each clove cigarette. Exposure to higher levels of the chemicals found in cloves can cause nausea, weakness and diarrhoea as well as chemical burns, intestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage.


Eugenol is a mild anaesthetic and antiseptic that occurs naturally in cloves. Commonly used as a topical anaesthetic in dentistry, eugenol in clove cigarettes has been identified as a potential health risk for a number of reasons.
Little research has been done into the effects of eugenol on the health of clove cigarette smokers because clove cigarettes have not had the high popularity to prompt such research. However this chemical is believed to numb the throat while smoking, disguising how harsh the effect of smoking is and encouraging smoking more deeply which increases the associated health risks.
Because clove cigarettes are often inhaled more deeply than traditional cigarettes, there is higher risk of lung infections as well as respiratory illness and allergic reactions. And like traditional cigarette smoke this risk is even higher for those with asthma and other lung sensitivities whether exposed to first hand or second hand smoke.

In Conclusion

Despite what misleading rumours and myths might say, clove cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Clove cigarettes contain up to seventy percent tobacco and the smoke produced carries many of the same harmful chemicals as traditional tobacco cigarettes. In particular, smoking clove cigarettes actually delivers more carbon monoxide, tar and nicotine than regular cigarettes.
Smoking clove cigarettes is associated with the same health risks as regular smoking. These health risks include cancer, heart disease and lung disease as well as a variety of other illnesses like emphysema and bronchitis.

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