Smoker’s Paradise

From the terraced emerald slopes of Bali to the jam-packed kampungs of Sumatra, the 13,500 islands of Indonesia reek with the sweet scent of clove cigarettes, known as kretek for the crackling sound they make when they burn.. Indonesia remains a smoker’s paradise. An estimated 141 million of the country’s 245 million people smoke cigarettes, cigars and cheroots of varying scents and hues. They puffed their way through 225.5 billion cigarettes in 2006, making it the world’s fifth biggest tobacco market.

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