Saturday, June 27, 2009

A tip for the roll-your-own cigarette folks

The poor get hit hardest with taxes. Cigarettes are always a target and with the new federal excise taxes, the roll-your-own crowd has gotten the shaft. And these people are generally the ones with the least money.

I'm not an advocate of smoking. Don't ever start and quit if you can and want to.

But if you still want to smoke, let's play beat the taxes.

The federal tax on loose cigarette tobacco is $24.78 per pound but for pipe tobacco it is only $2.83 per pound.

So buy 'pipe' tobacco. I'm not promoting one company over another but the Southern Steel brand has come out with a pound for $19.95 retail. It's OK and there may be others that have something similar. A local tobacco shop said that it is the only kind selling right now. A pound makes 4 cartons or more the way I roll them and even with buying papers and filters that comes to about $8.50 a carton. Marlboro's are about $45.oo a carton here in Tennessee.

People who smoke and still have the money to buy the factory made product are still in for another surprise soon if they haven't been already. The 'fire safety cigarette.' Reports are that many people are being affected by them negatively and that the taste is 'different.' The adhesive ethylene vinyl acetate added to the papers may be the main factor.

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em. Roll your own and give the government the least amount of tax money you can.


And what about reports that have been around since the early 70's that marijuana may help tobacco smokers?
Marijuana has been shown to be an expectorant and actually dilates the air channels it comes in contact with. This is why many asthma sufferers look to marijuana to provide relief. Doctors have postulated that marijuana may, in this respect, be more effective than all of the prescription drugs on the market.

Studies even show that due to marijuana's ability to clear the lungs of smog, pollutants, and cigarette smoke, it may actually reduce your risk of emphysema, bronchitis, and lung cancer. Smokers of cannabis have been shown to outlive non- smokers in some areas by up to two years. Medium to heavy tobacco smokers will live seven to ten years longer if they also smoke marijuana.{more}


  1. Funnily every photo of the heroes who fought and died for our hard won freedom shows a smiling group with cigarettes dangling from their lips. "compliant" cigarettes?
    Please tell me this is just a "placebo" dictatorship cause it sure the heck feels just like the real thing.

  2. My dad smoked in World War II because cigarettes were part of his rations. He said he looked forward to them, never knowing if it would be his last.

    "A 'placebo' dictatorship?" That's a good one. I'd like to help you out and say that's it but dad taught me not to lie.

  3. I began smoking while climbing stairs back in 1967 in order to become the first smoker to summit Everest without oxygen. However high taxes have bankrupted the project, another stifled initiative notched into the fascist gunstock. Please help. Mmmust hhave mmmore. Give with your hearts. Thank you so much

  4. Southern steel, lol

  5. lol Kenny's, I absolutely adore your blog. Great stuff.

  6. Can't recall the name of the movie where the guy was stuck in limbo at the airport, under surveillance, eating ketchup on crackers till he figured out the cart refund quarters.
    "Hes figured out the quarters" the
    head spook said. LOL
    When poor it does not take long to figure out that discarded butts can be re-rolled LOL soon it will be in the morning papers
    Thou shalt not discard butts in a place accessible to the poor...
    It is a taserable offence to pick up a discarded butt...
    Rolling papers shall be considered NON- COMPLIANT...vehicle impoundment...
    LOL pathetic. Time to move the Statue of Liberty to somewhere more suitable...The KREMLIN

  7. Winston once had a billboard showing some chi commies having a smoke it said : "Even communists are free to smoke."

  8. Nice article.

    I'm rolling my own now and I tried the pipe tobacco, but it's longer cut, and far more humid. I'd have to dry it and cut it smaller to roll it in cigarettes. At present, I've cut expense in half just by buying loose and rolling.

    I've also talked with a doctor who buys his cigs under the radar from Europe. Americans don't know it, but Europe has what is called the "Purity Law". It insures that cigarettes contain....tobacco.... and NOTHING ELSE. The American tobacco industry has become a drug delivery system. It's the reason I quit filters years ago when Marlboro has a recall because the 'chemicals' in the filters were screwed up and people were getting sick. So the filter on the American cigarette isn't designed for eliminating anything. It is a reservoir for additional drugs and chemicals delivered with the smoke. Capitalism at its best.

    If the US tobacco industry had to deal with the "Purity Law", it is likely the sicknesses caused by smoking would decrease.