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  • n. Plural form of kretek.


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  • Kreteks are cigarettes made from a blend of tobacco, cloves, and other flavors. The word "kretek" is an onomatopoetic term for the crackling sound of burning cloves.

    Kreteks are by far the most widely smoked form of cigarettes in Indonesia, where about 90% of smokers usually smoke kreteks.

    In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was introduced in the US Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, giving the FDA significantly more regulatory power over tobacco; one of the provisions in the law includes a ban on the use of flavors in tobacco, other than menthol. The ban includes kreteks. As of September 22, 2009, the clove cigarette was no longer legal to sell or distribute in the US, and cigarettes purchased overseas are subject to seizure by U.S. Customs.

    July 28, 2015