How to store cigarette tobacco

Updated February 21, 2017

With the price of cigarettes on the rise, many people have switched to buying tobacco and rolling their own. Rolling machines and filter tubes make this an easy task. While this is a great way to save cash, one downside is that the tobacco can dry out and become stale over time. There are several ways to preserve tobacco bought in bulk to retain its freshness.

Buy several airtight plastic containers. If you buy tobacco in bulk, opening and closing a big bag will cause the tobacco to dry out quickly. Fill the plastic containers to the top with tobacco, leaving no room for air. Store these in a cool place, such as inside a cupboard away from light sources.

Divide a large bag of tobacco into small resealable plastic bags for use within a certain time. Pack to the top with no room for air. Squeeze the air out and roll the bag, tucking it as you go, and close the top. These little bags can be stored in the freezer or fridge to keep fresh until they are needed.

Store tobacco in large jam-making jars with the rubber seal rings and tops. Pack tightly with tobacco to the top of the jar and put the lid on. Store them in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.

Pack tobacco in recycled aluminium tins with a tight-fitting lid. Empty biscuit tins make good storage containers and are stackable.


If tobacco dries out you can add moisture back in by placing a small wedge of bread or slice of apple into the container and turning the tobacco to evenly distribute the moisture. Replace when the bread slice or apple dries out. Do this only with the bag or tin you are currently using to avoid the tobacco becoming mouldy.


If your back-up supply dries out, do not worry. Just repeat the moisturising process with each container when you are ready to use it. If the containers are kept tightly closed they should not dry out, but a faulty seal may let air in.

Things You'll Need

  • Airtight containers
  • Small plastic bags
  • Bread or apple slice
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Lisa Musser is a freelance writer specializing in health and beauty information. She attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. and began a career as a freelance writer in 2008 after spending five years in the health-care field as a certified nursing assistant.