The use of a home tobacco shredder

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The use of a home tobacco shredder
Shredding machines take large, dampened leaves and reduce them to rolling size. (tobacco image by Sergej Razvodovskij from

With the price of cigarettes skyrocketing and the health problems tobacco presents, many smokers are seeking alternatives. Home tobacco shredding is one way to minimise cost and potentially use a more natural, better-quality product.


A home tobacco shredder is used to cut full-leaf tobacco into manageable strips. The strips can then be used for rolling your own cigarettes. There are vendors on the Internet that supply these machines, although you may be able to find similar devices at a local tobacco shop.

How it Works

The machine is often used after dampening the tobacco leaves. The leaves are then loaded, perhaps in the shape of a brick, into the machine and fed through the shredder. You may need to secure the machine on a table or bench. Provide a receptacle below the machine's output to receive the tobacco. The tobacco needs to dry before the rolling process. Drying-time largely depends on how hot or humid the air is. Practice makes perfect.


There are several benefits to shredding and rolling your own tobacco. The first is quality. The tobacco you shred is less likely to be exposed to the chemicals and additives that typify commercial brands of cigarettes. Additionally, a lot of money can be saved in this practice. Due to steady tax increases in many states, shredding and rolling machines might ultimately end up paying for themselves.

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