Bidis and Clove Cigarettes

Bidi cigarettes, sometimes called kretek or clove cigarettes (although the different names have their own specific meanings), have increased in popularity more than 400% in the last few years. In my area, 58% of high school students have experimented with them. Marketed as a safe, natural alternative, they cost about half as much as regular cigarettes and are much easier for children to purchase.

An article in the December 2000 issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine confirmed that bidis are significantly more toxic than traditional American cigarettes. In this report, one bidi produced 3 times as much nicotine and carbon monoxide and 5 times as much tar as a regular cigarette.

Areas where bidis have long been smoked have the highest rates of oral cancer in the world.

You’ll want to read the compelling story about bidis — why they taste so good, who’s making the money from poisoning our teens, and what your children need to know about clove cigarettes.

Published on: December 19, 2000
About the Author
Photo of Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
Get Dr. Greene's Wellness RecommendationsSignup now to get Dr. Greene's healing philosophy, insight into medical trends, parenting tips, seasonal highlights, and health news delivered to your inbox every month.
No comments yet. Start the conversation!
Add your comment