Up to 95% of the cost of a pack of cigarettes is tax. In 2006 the fifty states collected almost 14.5 billion USD in tobacco excise taxes, while city and county excise taxes collected almost 592.5 million USD. These figures dont include the tobacco settlements each state received, state sales tax, or federal excise taxes. Ironically, the increased taxes almost exclusively fall onto pre-packaged cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. In that loophole lies an opportunity for people who want to continue smoking, but cant justify paying five or more dollars per pack. The answer to this dilemma is simple.
Roll your own!
The concept of rolling your own cigarettes puts most people in mind of the old westerns where cowboys would drop some tobacco into a paper, roll it around, lick the ends and then light it up. While that method is certainly still being used by some, rolling cigarettes has come a bit further that you might think. It can be done with a small machine. Rolling your own also gives you variety and control over what goes in your body. There are many good quality rolling papers available that do not have the chemicals added to it. The same goes for tobacco. Why buy cheap cigarettes and end up with cheap tobacco and a harsh paper? Roll your own with high quality tobacco and rolling paper! You will save money and be happy!
Firesafe cigarettes are now a requirement. The premise is safety: by making a cigarette go out will prevent fire hazards when someone falls asleep with a lit cigarette. Some consumers say they have found a noticeable difference in the taste of FSC cigarettes from non-FSC cigarettes, comparing it to a copper or metallic taste. Other symptoms reported include an itchy rash, (allergic reaction) to severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea and mouth sores, since implementing this new law. Recently, there have been many online petitions against FSC cigarettes formed, to repeal the new laws. Currently there are no findings published on the long term health effects of humans inhaling EVA copolymers which are used in the packaging industry. Test results available, conducted on rodents, clearly show the risks associated with 'Ethylene Vinyl Acetate copolymer emulsion based adhesive' to be a 'highly carcinogenic substance' triggering the cellular proliferation necessary for tumor development Yet another reason to roll your own cigarettes!
Most bulk tobacco contains none of the fillers (chemicals) state and federal regulators force tobacco companies to put into their pre-packaged cigarettes; its cheaper, and isnt taxed as heavily. With practice, you can roll a carton of cigarettes in half an hour and you dont have all those empty packs sitting around or filling up the floorboard of your car.