About Roll- Your-Own Cigarettes

Roll-your-own (RYO) cigarettes are hand-rolled cigarettes made with loose tobacco. Other names for RYO cigarettes include rollies, roll-ups, burns, and rolls. There are a few ways to make hand-rolled cigarettes, including using cigarette papers and loose tobacco or using rolling machines to make a uniform and more tightly packed cigarette.

Preformed cigarette tubes that can be filled with loose tobacco and smoked—both with and without filters—are also available.

Some common reasons smokers prefer RYO cigarettes include:

  • Cost: A pouch of rolling tobacco and cigarette papers is much cheaper than buying brand name or generic cigarettes.1

  • Image: There is a perception in some social circles that people who roll their own cigarettes are "edgy" and non-traditional.

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