Poverty once 'tipped' me into a practice which i later continued even when i had money enought to dispense with it. I began to hand roll my cigarettes--and i'm good, you couldn't tell it was hand rolled if you didn't see me doing it. Hand rolling tobacco is so significantly less expensive than manufactured cigarettes, that i searched for the "perfect" tobacco. I once bought a tin of Three Castles
brand of african-grown Virginia tobacco (Virginia in this case describes a varietal tobacco, and the most expensive tobacco, ounce for ounce, in the world; there is a certain irony in the thought that Africa now grows the most valuable tobacco in the world, which tobacco was developed using African slaves.), and i bought a pouch of Gauloise
rolling tobacco. I found that the Three Castles
, while producing a sublime smoke, choked me almost breathless by the second cigarette. Gauloise
i've bought all my adult life, but it is far to strong to smoke on a continual basis. Well, i didn't want to throw them out because i like to be thrifty (o.k., i'm cheap . . . but my greatgrandma Jenny Monroe was Socts, so i come by it honorably)--so i thought of blending them. And Serendipty incarnate, come to dally on my knee, i had the finest smoke i'd ever had. I could smoke them all day without trashing my lungs, i smoked about half as many cigarettes in a day as i do with commercial cigarettes, and all my symptoms of bodily stress form smoking dramatically decreased.
I can no longer obtain either tobacco where i live, and haven't found them when i've visited Lovey in Canada, even thought the Gauloise
i used to buy is made in Quebec, and Three Casteles
is an English brand.
The big draw back was the one to two hours per day needed to produce the cigarettes. High quality takes time.