Bidis are small, thin, hand rolled cigarettes primarily imported to the United States from India and other Southeast Asian countries. They are tobacco wrapped in a tendu or temburni leaf plants native to Asia that may be tied with colorful string at one or both ends. Bidis can be flavored such as chocolate, cherry, or mango or unflavored. Flavored bidis, however, are not allowed in the United States because of the ban on flavored cigarettes.

Kreteks sometimes referred to as clove cigarettes are imported from Indonesia. They typically contain about 60% tobacco and 40% ground cloves. Kreteks are banned in the United States because of the ban on flavored cigarettes.

No tobacco product is safe. A limited amount of research on the long term health effects of bidis and kreteks has been conducted in the United States. However, research studies from India show that bidi smoking is associated with cancer and other health conditions. Additionally, research studies from Indonesia show that kretek smoking is associated with lung problems.

Dr. manny: using e-cigarettes during the golden globes was irresponsible

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At the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards last night, nominee Julia Louis Dreyfus puffed an e cigarette on camera.

I know this was part of one of the show s comedy bits, but it made me wonder Why does Hollywood continue to have a double standard when it comes to smoking?

According to the American Lung Association, 21.1 million women in the United States still smoke cigarettes. This is a huge problem from a national health perspective. We all know that smoking contributes to heart disease, pulmonary disease and complications during pregnancy. Furthermore, smoking kills an estimated 173,940 women in the United States every year.

In my opinion, e cigarettes are not a good substitute for real cigarettes, because they still contain nicotine which is highly addictive.

Numerous experts and studies have emphasized that more research needs to be done before e cigarettes can be considered a safe alternative to smoking real cigarettes. In fact, New York City recently banned electronic cigarettes in restaurants, city parks, bars and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is already prohibited.

I know Hollywood stars always want to promote healthy lifestyles and different health products, but promoting e cigarettes as being cool or trendy is setting a poor example.

Jenny McCarthy is another celebrity known to promote e cigarettes. In her commercial for a product called blu eCigs, McCarthy wears a skimpy dress while touting the ability of e cigarettes to help her pick up men and feel less guilty about her smoking habit. What McCarthy probably doesn t know is that there is zero evidence as to the long term health effects of e cigarettes.

Many young people are easily influenced when it comes to picking up habits like smoking. Actors must maintain some degree of social responsibility if they want to be famous and stop promoting products that could be dangerous to the public.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor.
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