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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


kretek  listen  (KREE-tek)

  A type of cigarette that is made in Indonesia. It is made using a mixture of tobacco, cloves, and other ingredients. Kreteks contain nicotine and many cancer-causing chemicals that are harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers. Smoking kreteks can lead to nicotine addiction and can cause lung cancer and other lung conditions. Also called clove cigarette.