Surabaya, Indonesia - Republic of
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Indonesian women at cigarette maker PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna's factory in Surabaya hand roll clove-scented cigarettes, or kreteks, a unique blend of tobacco, clove and a special sauce. Some 90 percent of Indonesian smokers prefer kreteks, which are inextricably tied to the country's history, culture and identity. While Sampoerna is one of the big kretek manufacturers, there are hundreds of kretek makers across the main Indonesian island of Java. But the stronger nicotine and tar content contained in kreteks is causing concern among health experts. Picture taken on February 28, 2004. FOR RELEASE WITH FEATURE STORY LIFESTYLE-INDONESIA-KRETEKS REUTERS/Beawiharta bea