Cloves used to be, and probably still are, used as a primitive sort of breath mint. When burned, they give off a strong smelling, dense smoke. This makes cloves the perfect additive for cigarettes.

Clove cigarettes were called Krektels by their inventors, since they crackle as the ground cloves in them explode as they are burned.

Sampoerna makes some fine clove cigarettes that are widely loved by goths.