Rolling tobacco is a common thing to see for smokers and aficionados of fine tobaccos. While many people use RYO (roll your own) cigarettes because they are cheaper than traditional cigarettes that are already rolled and packages, many people choose to use it because they can create preferred blends and use different paper rolls. Many times, you’ll see tins or pouches available, which sometimes includes the papers or tubes. Loose filters can also be purchased and added to the rolled cigarette.
For one thing, RYO cigarettes are usually half the price of pre-packaged varieties, meaning you can have your smoke for a lot less. However, regulations for nicotine and tar levels do not apply. That can be an advantage or caveat based on your preferences and needs.
It is also easier, and cheaper, to experiment with blends and other options when using rolling tobacco because you can create a unique blend of tobaccos to fit your tastes and it won’t cost as much.
When you roll your own cigarette, you’ll likely use the backroll technique, which involves inverting the paper, so the gum strip is on the inside. You place the tobacco in the open area, packing as much or as little as you prefer. Then, you roll the paper and lick the gum to stick it to the rest of the paper so that it doesn’t fall apart.
While it is possible, and less expensive, to consider a hand-roll technique, there are mechanical machines that can roll the cigarette for you, making it less messy and easier to use. Many people prefer to start with the hand-rolling technique and save up money for the equipment needed to make the process easier. However, if you’re worried about smoking too much, consider sticking to the hand-roll options.