September 09, 2004

Clove Cigarettes

While waiting on the train platform this morning for the 6:43 local train to Grand Central Station, I was in that kind of half bemused totally automatic pilot state that comes from getting up too early and walking through the gusting winds and very hard rain, when suddenly I smelled a clove cigarette. I haven't smelled one of those for years. It smelled quite pleasant, a little sweet maybe, but certainly nicer than the cigarette the other guy was smoking.

I was mildly bemused when I realized someone was still smoking these things. Anyone else recall smoking these during college when you wanted to appear to be so sophisticated or because all of your dead head friends smoked them? Can you still taste the nasty, harsh taste of the burning clove oil on the tobacco? Growing up, and leaving that behind, is not all bad, I suppose.

Posted by Random Penseur at September 9, 2004 08:45 AM

I've never smoked. Not cigarettes, not clove cigarettes, not wacky tabbacky. I've been so good, no normal. You wouldn't have guessed, would you? Not a smoker, not interested in smoking, don't really see the point.

Seriously, I never inahled.

That said, I am not militant about other smokers.

Posted by: Helen at September 9, 2004 09:50 AM

*closes her eyes and smells the air*

I remember clove cigarettes. I used to love them, just thinking about them makes me wants to burn some or something. I wont smoke any but, I want the smell.

Posted by: Holly at September 9, 2004 11:58 AM

I used to smoke and there are times I still miss it even though it's been 11 years since my last cigarette.

Posted by: RP at September 9, 2004 12:28 PM

My wife smoked clove cigarettes when we first got together. I found the smell intriguing at first, but it got old fast. Don't miss it!

I quit smoking 5 and a half years ago, and I've been a happier man since. What an awful habit that was!

Posted by: Mick at September 9, 2004 01:13 PM

oh my god! i almost forgot about those...
ok - i admit to one - but i had been drinking...
after all - my husband was a dead head...

Posted by: standing naked at September 10, 2004 06:57 PM

So hard to get outside of the states; only here in SE Asia, where you can often find them in convenience stores.

Posted by: emily at September 12, 2004 05:52 AM
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