How to Use a Cigarette Roller & Tobacco

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As the cost of cigarettes continues to rise, some smokers have found that rolling their own tobacco is a cost-effective alternative. Here is a step-by-step guide for using a roller to craft a perfectly shaped cigarette.

Things You'll Need

  • Cigarette roller
  • Cigarette papers
  • Rolling tobacco

How to Roll a Cigarette

  • Lightly pack the open rolling machine with tobacco. Make sure the tobacco is uniformly dispersed along the machine's depression.

  • Press the sliding roller to meet the stationary roller and give the roller nearest you one full turn downward with both thumbs.

  • With the gummed edge of the cigarette paper upright and facing you, insert the bottom edge of the cigarette paper where both closed rollers meet.

  • Slightly rotate the nearest roller until the cigarette paper catches, descends into the roller and starts to curl around the packed tobacco.

  • Moisten the gummed edge of the cigarette paper and continue rotating both rollers until the cigarette paper is drawn entirely into the rolling machine. Continue rolling for approximately three revolutions.

  • Open the rollers and remove your cigarette.

Tips & Warnings

  • Should you prefer smoking with a filter, insert one at the end of your open roller before packing the tobacco in Step 1. Steps 2 through 5 remain the same.
  • Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and is a cause of lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema and may complicate pregnancy. The sale of tobacco products to people under 18 is prohibited throughout the United States.

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