A prolonged cough can be extremely annoying with all the hoarseness of the voice, a sore throat and the constant clearing. Thankfully there are several tried and tested remedies to tackle a stubborn cough. Cough syrups, Honey, Ginger tea, your mother’s secret concoction involving Haldi that tastes horrible but always manages to do the job etc etc. But did you know, a certain set of people actually resort to smoking cigarettes as it gives them relief from the symptoms of a bad cough?
How do Clove Cigarettes Treat a Cough
Clove Cigarettes have long been sold and marketed as a remedy for bronchitis in the country. A packet of Royal Swag Herbal Ayurvedic Clove Therapy cigarette drives home the point. Available online, it is sold as a 100% Tobacco and Nicotine Free Product. Regarded as an Ayurvedic and dubbed to be the “ New Generation of Herbal Smoking”, the product package has the following information for its use. Since it consists of clove, honey and tulsi, it is useful in treating bronchitis, lung congestion and even claims to act as an antioxidant!
The brand even claims that this particular brand of clove cigarettes is formulated based on the concept of “CharakSamhita”, which is a book of Ayurveda, which is 5000 years old an ancient Indian system of medicine.
This herbal and ayurvedic composition and branding are what prompts people to resort to smoking them. Believed to be safer than a normal cigarette due to the lower tobacco content and presence of substances like clove, tulsi amongst others, people switch to it whenever their throat isn’t in the best condition for a traditional smoke. “ Whenever I’ve had a slightly sore throat, I switch to a clove cigarette instead of my usual. It’s just because the aftertaste of a clove one is a bit more smoothing, which really makes a difference if you aren’t in the best condition” says Sumit, who occasionally orders a pack of clove cigarettes online. With these cigarettes claiming to have a lesser proportion of tobacco, many smokers resort to the clove cigarette for the cooling and invigorating effect it produces inside the mouth and in the throat. The taste, the pleasant smell and the novelty of clove cigarettes are what ultimately works in their favour, especially amongst younger smokers.
Busting The Myth On Clove Cigarettes
The scientifically proven hypothesis is that smoking is injurious to health and the common perception is that clove cigarette or not, it will ultimately harm the throat and only worsen a cough. Well, that perception is true as well, with several studies enlisting the various things that are wrong with the clove cigarette.
Clove cigarettes are a tobacco product with the same health risks as cigarettes. Studies have shown that clove cigarettes deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar than regular cigarettes and that it takes more time and puffs on average to fully smoke a clove cigarette, leading smokers to face up to 20 times the risk of acute lung damage than nonsmokers
Looking at the chemical composition of a clove cigarette, you really don’t see much difference between it and a traditional one. Conventional cigarettes contain around 13mg of nicotine and clove cigarettes, on the other hand, has an average of 7.4mg. Even the tar level in these cigarettes does not offer much respite. The tar level in normal cigarettes ranges from 8mg per cigarette to 43mg per cigarette. In the case of a clove one, it ranges from 34 mg to 65mg per cigarette.
The cooling sensation that serves as a selling point for a clove cigarette is actually one of its biggest health downfalls. The pleasing, cool sensation in the mouth and throat that smokers love is caused by eugenol, which is a component of clove. It is this very eugenol that can cause extensive damage to the lungs. It causes inflammatory damage to the lungs and increases the risk of lung cancer.
So the next time you have a sore through, stick to the traditional, tried and tested remedies. Clove cigarettes or smoking, in general, will only serve to turn your cough even worse.