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I have bought these from my local shop for 90p a box, if I am honest these are not the ones I would normally buy but swan do these also in a loose box rather than in a cigarette like box, as shown in the picture. As this is the picture I will review this type.
When you open the box it is basically like a packet of 10 cigarettes, you have strips of filter tips, all wrapped in plastic. You have about 6 filter tips in each strip of plastic and you have about 10 strips. You have to push the filters out of the plastic before use. These can be good so that you do not end up with filter tips all over the house, but if I am honest I am quite lazy and prefer the loose box of them.
I do only get these if they are the only ones they have left in the shop, they are still the same filter tips, just harder to get into.
When you roll you cigarette they roll pretty well and you can roll thinner roll ups as they are slim filter tips. When you smoke them they taste just like normal cigarettes, I find that these are a lot cheaper than buying normal cigarettes, as you buy tobacco, rizlas and filter tips, and you can make a lot more cigarettes out of them. I would recommend swan to anyone to buy as these are the brand I use more often.
I roll a fabulous cigarette. Shockingly (since I'm only 28), I've been rolling my own cigarettes for about 13 years and in that time I have mastered it to a fine art. I can roll in rain, wind, on the move, in the pitch dark, one handed. Although a master is nothing without good tools, and this is where Swan come in. In all my years of smoking rolling baccy, Swan has been the brand of filter tips I have used the most. Always the extra slim, unless I couldn't get them and had to settle for the slim ones that come loose in a box - I feel like I'm smoking a tree trunk though and my artful cigs suffer.
These filter tips are pre-cut, and packaged within thin plastic tubes; each tube contains 6 tips I think (my pack is empty now, so can't double check!) The tubes are all contained within a cardboard box (the design of which is similar to cigarettes) in the typical Swan colours of yellow, green and red. Getting a tip out of the plastic tube is really easy, I simply use the end of my fingernail to pop it up where I can then grab it. If you are a nail biter and have no fingernails at all then you might find you pop the bottom tip out the other end of the tube at the same time. The annoying thing about these though, is that I am forever finding empty plastic tubes all over the place - it is really excess packaging, but it is highly convenient.
Putting bare filter tips in your tin or pouch beside your tobacco can dry your baccy out, as they act as a 'sponge'. I personally find dried out baccy tastes worse and feels far more harsh to smoke, so if I do have loose filters I will only put a small amount of baccy in my tin at any given time, to minimise this. However, Swan has cleverly thought of this already and have blessed us with the plastic tubes; these help prevent your baccy getting dried out when kept beside your tips. Not only that, but the days of rooting around in your baccy for the last stray filter tip you KNOW is in there are long gone.
Rolling with these is so easy for me. They are the perfect size and as I mentioned I really dislike when I have to use bigger tips temporarily. Using these tips helps me to make perfectly straight and tight cigarettes, without worrying about the filter tip coming out in your mouth with the first draw, or being too loose inside the paper. Using Swan extra slim filter tips I consistently roll cigarettes that smoke well without having to suck like you're trying to get that golf ball through that straw. Of course, a lot of it does have to do with how well you roll, but as a relatively seasoned roller I can firmly say that different tips make a big difference to me and my cigs. I also just prefer thinner cigarettes, and it helps your baccy go further as well as meaning you're not breathing in quite so many nasties (though discount this if you smoke twice as many slims!)
Rizla do now offer extra slim tips in the same packaging, but it was Swan that got there first. I do now buy my filter tips from Poundland most of the time, where they come loose in boxes but thankfully the same size as these. If I am caught out however, it is always these tips that I will try and get - hence I ended up with a pack of them over the weekend. I believe I paid about 70-80p for them in a Co-op, but I could be wrong as I was more than a few sheets to the wind.
Since a pack contains 120 filter tips I think it's decent value, although now that Poundlands and the like are popping up everywhere and people are not limited to buying things like this singly in newsagents/tobacconists, it does start to look poorer - I will just compare it to the filters I get from Poundland for you, which cost £1 for 3 boxes of 160, so 480 tips. So, yeah, doesn't look to be such good value now! Difficult to say I recommend smoking, but if you do smoke then I would recommend these tips as they are good quality and do the job perfectly in my opinion, but in terms of value I think they are on a bit of a downward spiral. Though I don't doubt that there are far more seasoned rollers out there who will NEVER switch brands, regardless of what Poundland has to offer!
Although I am only a part time smoker these days, I used to be a full time roll up smoker.
Smoking roll ups is most certainly a cheaper way to smoke. My mother recently gave me a pouch of cutters choice. As I needed papers and filters I had some outlay but this was so minimal! For a box of extra slim Swan filters containing a whopping 120 filters it was just 71p.
These come in a bright yellow box with green and red markings. it is bright packaging that I find easy to find in my handbag, bonus! I have found that I can (after using up a few sticks (I will explain shortly) of filters I can slip my papers into the box for safe keeping.
I called them sticks of filters for a reason. Rather than with some filters these are not just randomly thrown in. To save on space they are lined up in clear plastic tubes containing six in each. This means that the boxes are smaller but does increase the amout of packaging. I think this is a good feature in some ways as they are safe in my bag without me having to end u having them everywhere!
The lid of the box flips up like that of a cigarette packet, this secures well and so the filters don't fall out.
Rolling with these I find easier than just the slim ones, just personal preference. As you would imagine using these rather than just the slim ones means that you use slightly less tobacco which makes smoking with these even cheaper!
They certainly make a roll up cigarette taste nicer than not having a filter. If I was to buy normal cigarettes I would always buy lights, I find that a rollup made with these is not too harsh at all and always enjo one.
I do recommend these filter tips if you want to give smoking roll ups a try or if you are a long term user. They are great value and because of their packaging they are a very useful alternative to some similar products.
They also come in menthol.
Ok so I'm a smoker. Although I don't condone it or suggest it to people as a hobby or anything it is my choice to smoke! I do smoke pre-rolled cigarettes though sometimes financially I will try to cut back a bit and will roll my own and even have a little machine to do so.
Filter tips are not something I have always used and only recently I have purchased some. Basically to have a point to smoke to but also to keep out a few toxins (apparently). Not only can you purchase plain filter tips but flavoured one's are out and about too but I thought for now I would stick to plain before becoming too adventurous!
The filters come in a bright yellow box. On the front of the box there is a picture of a swan and I am of course told that they are Swan Filter Tips and in my box that there are 120 pre cut filters. Other information on the box includes being told about other products from within the Swan range and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Inside you get tubes of filters in clear plastic packaging that you simply pop out to use.
These particular one's are pure white and thin and tube shaped in their appearance. As I just mentioned they come in like tubes and you get 6 filters you simply pop out as you go along out of a plastic covering which simply is to keep them clean and its easy to do that as they are cut well.
All you do with these is then make your own cigarette of course, inserting one of the filter tips into one end. I find my cigarette to be easily rolled by hand with one of these but equally as good as in my machine. They really do present no problems at all.
Smoking with these in is actually better on a few levels. The first reason its good to use a filter tip is that your hands don't get so stained with yellow. The second is that bits of tobacco don't enter your mouth as your smoking as the filter tip stops that and of course a few people suggest that smoking with a filter tip in cuts down on the intake of tar.
These are a good quality filter tip and one I shall continue to use though do be aware that these are very slim filter tips indeed and so do make skinny fags opposed to ones looking shop bought! Very good Swan..I'm impressed by these!
Expect to pay about 99p a box for these in most supermarkets and convenience stores etc.