10 doctors weighed in:
Does smoking clove cigarettes cause health problems in children as much as other types of cigarettes
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Clove cigarettes, or kreteks, are made with a combination of tobacco, cloves and other herbs.
They have all the badness of regular cigarettes, and there have been reports of people being hospitalized and even coughing up blood after smoking them. You can't lessen the negative impact of smoking with more smoking. The way to avoid the health problems you're asking about is to not smoke.

In brief: Yes
Clove cigarettes, or kreteks, are made with a combination of tobacco, cloves and other herbs.
They have all the badness of regular cigarettes, and there have been reports of people being hospitalized and even coughing up blood after smoking them. You can't lessen the negative impact of smoking with more smoking. The way to avoid the health problems you're asking about is to not smoke.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
As dr.Levey has stated, this combination of air pollutants has no health benifits.
The effect on children exposed to second hand smoke from this source has all the disease enabling side effects as the common smokes if not more.

In brief: Yes
As dr.Levey has stated, this combination of air pollutants has no health benifits.
The effect on children exposed to second hand smoke from this source has all the disease enabling side effects as the common smokes if not more.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Likely MORE harmful.
Kreteks (clove cigarettes) are reported by the cdc to produce at least twice the nicotine, carbon monoxide ; tar as most american cigarette brands.
They are usually 60 to 80% tobacco and 20 to 40% ground clove. Symptoms seen in kretek smokers includes nausea, vomiting, bronchitis, pneumonia, coughing up blood and allergic reactions. Oral use of medicinal clove is particularly dangerous in children.

In brief: Likely MORE harmful.
Kreteks (clove cigarettes) are reported by the cdc to produce at least twice the nicotine, carbon monoxide ; tar as most american cigarette brands.
They are usually 60 to 80% tobacco and 20 to 40% ground clove. Symptoms seen in kretek smokers includes nausea, vomiting, bronchitis, pneumonia, coughing up blood and allergic reactions. Oral use of medicinal clove is particularly dangerous in children.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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