Clove cigarettes. The basis for concern regarding health effects

West J Med. 1989 Aug;151(2):220-8.


The smoking of clove cigarettes has been associated with 13 cases of serious illness in the United States, including hemorrhagic pulmonary edema, pneumonia, bronchitis, and hemoptysis. We describe a patient in whom, after she smoked a clove cigarette, pneumonia complicated by lung abscess developed. Her lung disease may have been caused by aspiration pneumonia as a consequence of pharyngolaryngeal anesthesia from clove cigarette smoke. Clove cigarettes appeal to adolescents experimenting with smoking practices and may influence the development of later smoking habits.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Condiments / adverse effects*
  • Condiments / analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pneumonia / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumonia / etiology*
  • Pneumonia / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • United States