I started smoking in the same way as many people do, being a teenager wanting to fit in. Since my younger years I always smoked pre made cigarettes, and until a few years ago, I didn't really notice much of an effect on my wallet. Strange things started to happen in the economy and tax was blown higher on cigarettes, this hefty price rise made me turn to roll ups on the basic principal that they were cheaper, and I cannot deny this.
I cannot say that I ever want to go back to the old pre made cigarettes for a couple of reason:
The Cost - it costs a fraction of the money to smoke roll ups than it did to smoke pre mades.
The Health Difference - Now don't hold me to this, but I had heard that rolling tobacco was better for you than the regular ready made one, the claim to me was based on ready made cigarettes, although handy, were filled with chemicals and other nastyness to control the smoke time and strength of taste, rolling tobacco on the other hand doesn't go through this chemical process and is much fresher than its ready made counterpart.
To sum up, making your own cigarettes delivers exactly what you want, a smoke, and it comes with a much smaller price tag than other contenders, and can be changed further by changing your filters to a slimmer size, if you like. All in all, its just better to smoke rollies.
Before I start I am not saying that smoking benefits anyone or is a habit anyone should get into but for us that are already addicted I'm just going to state the benefits of rolling your own cigarettes than the other alternative of cigarettes!
The first thing is defiantly price, I smoke around 10 a day which isn't much but ten cigarettes cost around £3.50 and up, round that up to a week and that's a good thirty pound each week, instead purchasing a bumper of filter tips (for around a pound in a market for 200) will last me around a month, and buying a 25g pouch for around £7 and another pound for a bumper of papers from the market totals to less than a tenner! and all this will last me around a week to a week and a half That's almost twenty pounds in savings!
I feel much better rolling my own and when I have had the occasional cigarette I've noticed my eyes sting and burn and it tastes much worse, because of the menthol tips I use they taste much more sweet, the reason the cigarettes burn down much quicker and sting your eyes is because of the added chemicals. I also find that my throat feels very sore and harsh when I switch to cigarettes, which can't be good!
The problem most people have is rolling, you can buy a small machine from poundland and other stores which will do the work for you, and then all you have to do is roll and pack them up for your day or you can learn! It did take me a while but I can now roll! It can be a pain if I forget to pre-roll and its windy though!
So yeah switch up to rollies!
I have smoked Rothmans for many years but recently, with my trips to the supermarket costing £140 for 400, I have had to start thinking about alternatives - if only to cut down a little. £140 every 10 days is a hell of a lot of money.
Being new to rolling your own I decided to experiment a bit, so I bought 25g of Gold Leaf and 12.5g each of Old Holborn and Golden Virginia. Conclusion - Gold Leaf is pretty poor stuff, give it a miss. Old Holborn is rich, strong and satisfying, good for those who enjoy a full smoke. Golden Virginia is aromatic and also satisfying, marginally my favourite of the three.
My final suggestion - do get a rolling machine. They cost virtually nothing but give an even smoke which won't fall apart. I just had an Old Holborn with Rizla Blue which was pretty much as enjoyable a smoke as a Players Navy Cut or the like.
Thought i'd give you all a little how to on making your own cigarettes instead of buying them. I'll state, although as i'm sure you all know anyway and don't need my warning, that smoking is a very bad habit. I'm sure my lungs look terrible, however i've got enough things going on that, at the minute, frankly I don't care. Enjoy!
So, why would you want to create your own cigarettes instead of buying them? Well there are a few reasons. One of them is price. It is far less expensive to buy the materials to create your own than to buy a pre-made pack. This is realistically down to the fact that it does take some effort and practice to be able to create your own cigarettes, and a lot of people including myself, who can roll, can't be particularly bothered, which is why we buy manufactured products. For example, a pack of 20 Mayfair Cigarettes could cost you, depending on where you live etc, around £5.30. However, depending upon preferences for smoking (e.g. length and width) you could potentially create 30 cigarettes from a 12.5g pack of tobacco costing around £2.99 and an additional cost of around 70 pence for filters and papers. Obviously, this is much cheaper, which is why it appeals to a lot of people.
Another reason people say they prefer hand made cigarettes is for health reasons. I tend to find this slightly deceiving. I'm a realist, and realistically, smoking is the same, be it herbal, pre-made or hand made, the damage is being done. I agree that there are more harmful chemicals in some products, but at the end of the day, it's not good for you, and anyone who tells you anything different is either misinformed or lying to you.
The actual cigarettes themselves aren't that bad. Of course, this depends upon products chosen, for example different tobaccos and types of papers, but in general I can say that they do take a couple of days of getting used to, as the flavour is quite a bit different than pre-made cigarettes. They tend to be shorter than normal cigarettes unless you use a large rolling paper, and also, they can go out, as in, you will have to relight the cigarette occasionally, should the wind hit it, or you fail to drag in time etc. Depending on your rolling techinique, sometimes they can tend to get a bit hot towards the end of the cigarette, and it's quite an uncomfortable sensation, and so I tend to always smoke about 3/4 of one and then stub it out. One thing I can say for them is, should you have not had a cigarette in a while, they give a very good head rush, something I tend not to get so often with my brand of choice. One final observation is that, be it just my opinion or actual fact, i've noticed their odour isn't as powerful as pre-made cigarettes. Perhaps it's something to do with the added chemicals but none the less, it's a good thing.
Overall, I can't fault anyone for choosing rolling as their preferred method of smoking, it has its advantages and disadvantages, but then, so does everything, live your life how you want to, and have fun while doing it.
Much healthier than a bought cigarette!
Regardless of tobacco brand, hand-made cigarettes are by far the healthier option than manufactured ones, simply because in all truth, they contain none of the harmful chemicals that are always produced in packaged ones despite this fact not being advertised.
As all smokers know and understand, 'nicotine' is the addictive chemical found in all Tobacco and cigarettes alike, but in manufactured ones, it is the other chemicals that make the addiction to nicotine that much more poignant and dangerous because the addiction then isn't just to nicotine alone, but the carbon monoxide and additional fuels that go into them and people are not made aware of this.
I only discovered this when in discussion about the topic of smoking in general, some months ago and have now found an opportunity to write about it, so hope it is informative as well as insightful to others who may care to read my review.
I generally smoke a mix of manufactured cigarettes and hand rolled tobacco depending upon funds but mainly smoke readily made ones that have become increasingly costly since this years' tax inflation. The current brand I tend to stick to is Windsor Blue super kings or the lighter version of this product which is by far easier on the lungs. I can easily get through a pack of twenty most days but more so if my partner is with me and likes to smoke mine as well as his own!
Reading the content (ingredient) box on the packet I have in front of me; says that this pack has 10mg of Tar; 0.9mg Nicotine and 10mg Carbon Monoxide (the same toxic-substance found when breathing out). Considering that 10mg is by far greater than 0.9mg: tells us that the most addictive element in the cigarette other than Tar, is Carbon Monoxide. So the long standing notion that nicotine is what people crave when they smoke is nonsense unless you only smoke Tobacco. Manufactured cigarettes contain reconstituted tobacco and other additives that therefore make them far more harmful.
For convenience purposes and to cut costs, tobacco is the much better alternative even though we all know the risks associated with smoking. What a great many non-smokers fail to comprehend is that the current environment in which we live, full of toxic gases from factories; cars; air-flight; dumping grounds; sewerage etc etc, we inhale each and everyday and are not less harmful to the human because they are not directly inhaled. Chemicals and their particles live and multiply in the open-air and are immediately inhaled and why it is that smoking and breathing in toxic-air are very much of parallel unity.
There is nothing to scientifically prove otherwise and why it is that the government are wanting to take environmental issues far more seriously when the reduction in clean breathable air from pollution is having dire consequences to all living things (including humans that don't smoke) - no we are not dying, but we are noticing a significant difference in air quality than ever before and especially older generations can tell you this.
Though this review is not a political/environmental argument, it is very important for non-smokers to broaden their view points and acknowledge that smoking isn't just about the self-inflicted kind even though it is always assumed so.
Preferring tobacco over manufactured cigarettes takes some getting used to and not merely because of the fiddly process of making them roll up, but because the contrast between tobacco itself and chemical-filled ones is so strong. Certainly the addictiveness to 'normal' ones that are ready made have far more physiological effects such as extreme lathery and impossible withdrawal symptoms but with tobacco itself, you just crave the nicotine fix and may become agitated, but do not suffer the same unmanageable withdrawal symptoms.
I think for anyone seriously considering quitting, a transfer to tobacco is recommended before taking nicotine replacement when it only treats the nicotine withdrawal (not any other chemicals) that are found in the manufactured kinds. If you want to read further upon these chemicals I have droned on about, then a really good place to start is the Wikipedia site on the 'List of additives in cigarettes' which is very useful if you are a smoker.
Before divulging into all the social perceptions of hand-rolled cigarettes, lets look at price:
~~~20 Marlboro Lights- £6.30
20 straights at £6.30 = 31p each
~~~12.5g Golden Virginia- £2.85 (Add 30p Rizla and 50p Filter)
12.5g tobacco = 27ish cigarettes
27 roll ups at £3.65 = 13p each
So here is proof that smoking roll ups will save you around 20p a cigarette. Lets say that you smoke 10 a day, which is 3600 a year- that turns out to £720 saved by smoking roll ups.
That is my first issue dealt with.
Secondly, there is a definite pleasure involved with rolling your own cigarettes. You take the roll-up papers (usually rizlas) and then pinch a little tobacco into the middle, place a filter (my preference is extra slim filters) at the end, and then roll it up before licking the sticky bit on the paper. This systematic procedure has become so familiar to me before having a cigarette, that it feels odd to not do it!
Straights are full of extra chemicals and substances to make the cigarettes last longer. For me this produces are rather forced taste, whereas rollies, purer (and better for you if that makes sense at all) produce a much nicer taste and smoother finish. You can also control the amount you smoke by choosing how much tobacco you put in each roll up.
Fourthly, I completely disagree with all social perception of these cigarettes. Straights are see to be elegant and civilised, where rollies are seen to be poverty related. Wrong!
The only possible disadvantage is whilst driving, when you cannot roll them up unless you are a very talented person! This is hardly a disadvantage though, because sensible people can roll them before they set off! Doesn't take much common sense does it!
At over £5 a packet of 20 cigarettes for a 40 plus a day smoker this is a very expensive habit indeed. The only positive side is you can quickly and easily calculate just how many you smoke in a 24 hour period. For almost the same price you can purchase a 50g pack of reasonable quality rolling tobacco and roll your own making them as fat or as thin as you like which also enables you to reduce the amount you smoke gradually by reducing the amount of tobacco you place in each rollie. Unfortunately it also means you can dramatically increase the amount you smoke by adding more tobacco too.
The majority of smokers associate those who roll their own with poverty, more likely to be popular amongst students, winos and the homeless than those on the smoking veranda of a Michelin starred restaurant. Once in a while a film comes along which makes roll up smokers more commonplace. In fact after the release of Pulp Fiction the number of visible rollie smokers seemed to increase dramatically overnight.
I have never managed to master the art of rolling my own but I have acquired a rather bulky little gadget which rolls them for me (a smidgen under £2 from most big supermarkets). I simply stick the tobacco in the machine, close it up, wiggle the rollers a bit, insert the paper, wiggle the rollers round a bit more and voila a super compressed and completely unsmokable micro thin rollie. In fact the only way I've managed to get the machine to make smokable rollies is to insert pre-made filters into both ends. This prevents the rollie from being squashed to death but as I learnt without the addition of a filter at both ends it still manages to generate a cone shaped and still unsmokable fag. Before lighting remember to tear off the filter from one end though.
The paraphernalia required to roll your own is rather bulky. There's the loose tobacco and the papers and the filters and spares of all of the above. It's not as straightforward as simply pulling a pre-made cigarette out of a packet and lighting it. First you need to be somewhere dry and free of wind. Otherwise you find you paper is soaked before you can roll it and your tobacco has blown away. Even if it's not windy the wastage from rolling tobacco is rather high. The mere transfer of tobacco from pouch to paper followed by the rolling process seems to result in the escape of flakes of dry tobacco. It my only be a half dozen flakes on any one occasion but over the course of a week this mounts up to rather a lot.
Then there's the vast array of rolling tobacco, filters and papers available from the simply dire rip the lining out of your throat Drum (akin to inhaling sandpaper) to the much smoother Golden Virginia. There's a combination available to suit most palates although why anyone would want to smoke with liquorish flavoured papers is beyond me.
I used to smoke straights until 1. I became broke and 2. found out how much better they are in most every way. From the relatively cheap Richmond Super Kings to the cheapest Amber leaf and cutters choice...
So I started buying amber leaf which as w whole is the cheapest as it comes with Rizal. However, one you actually smoke it you do fins out why they had to add the rizla in. they are so rough on your throat that it feels like it is ripping the skin from the inside of your neck.
Cutters Choice is far better and decent price too. Rolling tobacco some call it an art. It isn't. It is more fun and can make more conversation as well as not having as many chemicals in them.
When you first start rolling it can be tricky but you pick it up very quickly and soon start to see you don't need as much tobacco. On the whole you can smoke around 25-30 roll ups when spending the same price as a cheap 10 and sometimes 20 pack which is very appealing.
Filters are cheap as is the Rizal but this does mean you are carrying around more 'equipment' with you when are out and about. This also means that if you loose one of the parts of the design you are stuffed and have to re buy them (although they are cheap so not too much to worry about).
You feel less guilty about stubbing out as you can roll so much less in each one so save more.
Everything about rolling is better than straights in my opinion.
I have never been a massive fan of smoking roll ups for two reasons:
1. I don't think they taste the same as normal cigarettes
2. I cant roll them!! Lol
But just recently and I have no idea why I have been smoking a lot more than usual and that is really taking its toll on my money so Ive been forced into looking at cheaper alternatives. So Ive been buying the "Benson & Hedges Silver Rolling Tobacco" the reason I chose that one is because I thought it would taste a lot like proper cigarettes and I wouldnt feel like I was making much of a change.
There are absolutely loads of tobacco products on the market these days including Gold Leaf, Amber Leaf, Drum etc and I think I'm right in saying they all cost around £4 which is less than 20 cigarettes and from one pouch you can make around 60 roll ups so your saving loads of money!
1. They cost less than cigarettes
£5 for 20 cigarettes £4 for 60 roll ups
The choice is obvious really isn't it and it would save smokers a packet of money and they last so much longer!
2. You get more for your money
The same reasons as above really
1. They aren't very convenient
I couldn't just start rolling one up in the street. With a cigarette you just pull it out of the packet and smoke it but you actually have to put in a bit of work with roll ups so people might see that as a downside.
2. They Just Aren't As Nice As Proper Cigarettes:
No matter what people say roll ups don't taste anything like a cigarette. That doesnt mean they taste bad but if most smokers are like me you do get bored of rolled cigarettes very quickly
In my opinion the one massive pro outweighs the con's by a mile.
I know the smart thing to do to save money would be to quit smoking but if like me you have tried to do that and failed I think rolled tobacco is the way forward. I'm never without a pouch in my handbag now and I don't think any other smoker should be either!
SORRY IF NON SMOKERS DONT LIKE THIS REVIEW. IM PREPARED FOR THE NU'S!
Thanks For Reading
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The roll-ups vs branded debate has been raging amongst the smoking populace for years ,and to be honest I have no idea which is better. I personally prefer to sit on the fence and alternate between the two, as they both have their benefits and drawbacks. I guess it just depends upon your personal preferences.
First of all, rolling definitely has one huge advantage over ready-made cigarettes: they look a hell of a lot cooler. Don't ask me why, but smoking rollies has a certain image to it, which fits in with my trilby-wearing guitar carrying persona perfectly. Okay, I may be a little pretentious, but if you're going to be a jerk you may as well look good doing it. Rolling is also a lot cheaper than buying 'straights,' as £5 worth of tobacco and paper will last you nearly three times as longer than a generic twenty pack. I also find that rolling tobacco has a much nicer, more natural taste to it, whilst even the most expensive ready-mades always have an evitable chemical after taste to them. Plus it smells nicer, where as straights undeniably stink. Finally, although this can be a disadvantage depending on your smoking habits, I tend to smoke less when I'm rolling, presumably due to the time required to make each cigarette.
The big advantage of buying ready-made branded cigarettes is the convenience factor. Rolling is a fiddly skill and takes time to prefect, meaning it often a lot easier just to grab a twenty pack than to spend ages juggling filters and Rizlas. If I had a pound for every time I've been at a nightclub, forgotten how to roll, and savaged the nearest fag machine out of frustration, well, I'd probably be able to afford another pack of cigarettes. Another drawback of rolling is that they tend to be a lot stronger than normal cigarettes, and whilst most give me a gentle nicotine high rollies often leave me feeling light headed and slightly nauseous.
Looking back I think roll ups are probably the smokers best option, although they don't suit everyone and can sometimes be damn inconvenient. Just do what feels right.
I have smoked now for around five years and the majority of those cigarettes have been 'tailor-made'. I have rolled my own ciggies but only when I have been strapped for cash and couldn't afford 'tailor-made' fags. I can roll quite well and they smoke okay but I really wouldn't recommend roll-ups as a convinient way to smoke. Yes they are cheaper but there is a good reason for that. Firstly, with this smoking ban we are all having to duck out of work for a quick smoke in all the glory of British weather. Try to roll-up in wind and rain is not easy. Roll them in advance, I hear you cry, but to that I say 'who can really be bothered? Not me, I'd sooner pay the extra few quid to have them ready made for me lol. Secondly, for some reason that I can't quite fathom, roll-ups stain your fingers. Not too bad for your blokey blokes, they're not generally worried about a tint on their fingers. But for us girls it is a bit manky. Between your index and middle finger you get an orange patch and its not nice.
Thirdly, you need to have a steady hand, and if your clumsy like me you will end up spilling half of your baccy as you roll the ciggie. There is one positive thing about the rollie - if you need to set it down to do something, it will go out where a 'tailor-made' will burn away.
In short, you pay around £4.85 for 25g of baccy and £5.20 for 20fags. I say it's worth the extrta 35p to save you the effort of rolling up (especially in the rain) and stop you getting orange fingers.
Before I go into the in's and out's of hand rolling, I am well aware of the harms of smoking, it's consequences, but we are all going to die so we might as well do it being happy. I would have died happy had I not smoked, but I've been smoking for nearly 40 years, I enjoy it so bugger the consequences.
For a starting price of around £2.50 you can buy a packet of papers and a 12.5g pouch or packet of tobacco. Now we all like our fags differently so depending on how thick you roll them you should get between 15 and 30 fags for your outlay. This compare to almost £5 for 20 tailor mades means that they are basically half price. So there is one benefit.
I believe they use a substance called salt peter to help keep tailor made fags alight, this is missing from hand rolling tobacco hence they go out quite easily, which obviously can be a bit annoying.
The hassle of actually rolling your own can be quite therapeutic or it can drive you mental, I have big problems trying to roll them by hand so I use a small hand rolling machine which makes the process so much easier. I also use filter tips which can be readily purchased in most good tobacconists. Another advantage of rolling your own is that you can buy different brands of tobacco and mix them until you find a blend that you like best. Some tobacco's are mild others a bit rough mixing can provide the smoker with quite a nice alternative.
I go through phases where sometimes I buy tailor mades and sometimes rollups it all depends on my mood but one thing is for certain a roll up is a far better smoke, it has more flavour and is far more satisfying.
I have tried to stop on a few occasions, and failed miserably so I'm not going to put myself through the stress anymore.
All in all roll ups are a better smoke and can save you a fortune, if you do not smoke take my advice and don't start getting off them is a nightmare and few succeed
Far be it from me to actually advocate any type of cigarette but the simple truth is that hand rolled fags are a lot cheaper than readymades, a lot (apparently) better for you as they have less of the "keep the fag alight" chemicals and can make you look like Clint Eastwood in his cowboy films if you use a liquorice rizla which can only be a good thing in the coolness stakes. Now, I'll agree that no fags are good for you and ask that you take this as a disclaimer to the fact that I'm not encouraging anyone to smoke. That said - into the op: What you'll need: ----------------- Tobacco (baccy): The most basic of all needs for the making of a cigarette. There are many different brands of rolling tobacco available out there, prices range from about £2 to £2.50 per half ounce (12.5g) dependant on the shop and the brand of baccy. Some of the more famous brands include: Golden Virginia - my personal baccy of choice: A light and easy smoke, usually costing about £2.30 per 12.5g pack. This is never too strong, many people smoke this and you'll get those who grow tired of the weakness of the tobacco. In my opinion it is just right - not too dry, not too moist, a perfect rollie is almost guaranteed with this. Old Holborn: The opposite end of the spectrum - a dark, ultra moist and devillishly strong tobacco. I would not recommend this to anyone I liked as it is the baccy I really try to stay away from - given a choice of no fags and a roll-up made with Holborn, I'd take no fags thanks very much. The moistness of this baccy makes it really hard to roll a suitable fag, I always find that I've rolled it way too tight and it's impossible to get a draw off or too slack in an attempt to compensate and the paper burns all the way down without touching the baccy. The feud goes on - both this and Golden Virginia have their followers, if you like one you generally dislike the other.
Amber Leaf: Call this the poor mans' Golden Virginia if you like, it comes in a box like a cigarette pack and for about £2.09 (that'as the promotional price at the moment) you get half an ounce of the tobacco plus a pack of rolling papers - just about all you'll need to be up and puffing away. It's a good enough baccy this, not top of the range or anything but similar enough to Golden Virginia to not make too much of a difference - the added incentive of a free pack of papers is a major selling point for me. Medium strength, stays moist for a while and is a good buy. Cutters Choice: Had to put this one in as I really need to warn you all off this one. It has a reputation of being made from the bits the tobacco companies sweep up off the floor - too damp (moist doesn't cover it), too dark - basdically a cheap and nasty tobacco. Stay away unless you're into this kind of horrible baccy - must have its fans as they've still to go out of business. These four are the most popular of the brands on the high-street, you'll find these in most newsagents and tobacconists. There are, of course, other varieties of baccy out there. If you're a connoisseur you may like some of the fancy baccies which can be bought by the quarter-ounce from specialist tobacconists - everything from Rum and Raisin to Woodpile is available. There's also Shag tobaccos - stuff like Drum and Samson. These are basically rough baccies - sticks and trees can be found within, go dry very quickly and are very strong. Cigarette Papers: ----------------- The 2nd most important thing in rolling - without it you'd just be burning your tobacco and hurting your hand! The papers are all colour coded to denote their differences: Green - Medium weight, corner cut. (So you know which is the top). Red - Medium weight, not corner cut. (You look for the gum to sind the top). Blue - Lig
ht weight. (Almost see through they're that thin - taste the baccy better). Orange - Liquorice. (Makes strong tobacco taste milder for some reason). This code does not change from different makers - easy to know what you're getting. Rizla, Swan, Zig-zag - these are really ther only papers you'll see around, Amber Leaf add their own make to their packs as do certain other companies from time to time but these are the ones on the market. Costing about 20-30p a pack, you get 50 papers for your money. Filter Tips: ------------ Fat or thin and made by Swan, Rizla and Zig-zag again you can add these to your rollie to make it a little (not very much though) more like a readymade. Tips cose about 60p a pack and you get about 120-200 in each one. I use them and find it easier to smoke with one in. An additional benifit is that the end of your fag doesn't get all gummed together with the wetness of your lips! On to the making of a roll-up: ------------------------------ Everyone will have their own way - this is my way and I'll look forward to hearing alternatives in the comments box ("WE DON'T SMOKE" I hear you cry). Firstly get a paper out of the pack, lay it along the open pack (this will make it sit still for you to add the tobacco) with the gum at the top. Next get your filter tip, place this on the left hand side of the paper . Take out a bit of baccy from your pack/tin/pouch and place enough along the paper to make a rough line in about the same diameter as the filter tip - this will ensure that your fag is not all dufferent widths. Smoothe the tobacco out along the paper and try to keep it evenly spaced out along the paper. Using the thumb and first finger of each hand, take each end of your half-made fag and roll it in an up and down motion, this will make the tobacco into s cylindrical shape and ready
to be made into something which resembles a cigarette. The important bit! - Roll the paper so as the gum is on the op side, clearly visible, now take the paper between the first and second fingers of both hands and put your thumb on the bottom of the tube. Roll your thumb in an upwards motion until a cigarette is in your hand with only the gummed section of the paper showing - lick this and finish the roll. You are now ready to light up! Well, there's the guide to the rolling of a fag, it works out a lot cheaper than the readymades out there and I personally find them a much more satisfying smoke. I'm trying to give up at the moment (without a lot of success) and I thought I'd better pass my ill-obtained knowledge on. If you do smoke I'd recommend trying rollies and if you don't - WELL DONE, don't be tempted to try! Thanks for reading.
With a packet of cigarettes costing well over £4 a for a packet of 20,smoking is a very expensive habit. If like I do you smoke because you enjoy it the cheapest option apart from giving up is to roll your own cigarettes. A 40g packet of golden virginia at from a supermarket is,at the time of writing,£9.01. Depending on how meaty you make your fags you should get in the region of 80-100 out of a packet.This many 'tailor made'fags would cost you about £22. Hand rolling can be a little tricky at first but there are rolling machines available to help you out,you can even add your own filters. I have smoked roll ups on and off for several years and taught my wife how to make them and now she can make them as well as I can.Between us we now save a fortune. There are many brands of hand rolling tobaccos available as well as flavours such as black cherry or vanilla which can be bought from a tobacconist,you can even get liquorice flavoured papers to make them with. Although rolling your own might not be to every body's taste I get more satisfaction knowing I am saving money,especially when somebody gave me a 50g packet of tobacco that they bought for £1.60 when they went abroad for their holiday.