How to use pipe tobacco to make cigarettes

Updated July 19, 2017

Pipe tobacco comes in a wide variety of flavours and styles. These styles come from mixing different types of tobacco together into blends. Pipe tobacco can also be flavoured, or infused, with different tastes, usually based on fruit or liquor flavours. Cigarette tobacco, however, is generally made of only lighter tobaccos, usually Virginia or Burley. Pipe tobacco is also cut in larger strips and is stored at a higher humidity than cigarette tobacco. Pipe tobacco can be used in homemade cigarettes after some modifications.

Set a layer of pipe tobacco on the plate. If the tobacco is plug-cut, break up the plug into smaller chunks. Let the tobacco dry for three to four hours. Moist tobacco creates hotter, thicker smoke than dry tobacco and can burn the back of a smoker's throat.

Pinch the tobacco to test the moisture level. The tobacco should fall apart after being released. If the tobacco stays in a clump, let it dry for another hour.

Rub out the pipe tobacco into smaller, thinner strips. Pinch some tobacco between your thumb and forefinger and roll it back and forth to break the tobacco into finer strands. Do not rub the tobacco into a powder. Cigarette tobacco is cut thinner than pipe tobacco to allow more air flow through a cigarette tube. Using thick pipe tobacco in a cigarette without rubbing it down will make the cigarette difficult to draw from.

Roll the tobacco in a rolling paper or place the tobacco in a cigarette filling machine. Use a filter if one is available.


Smoking can cause a wide range of serious health problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe tobacco
  • Ceramic or plastic plate
  • Rolling papers
  • Filters
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Michael Belcher has been a public relations professional since 2008 working for university groups and volunteer groups. He has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Murray State University and is in Dublin, Ireland to finish a Master of Science in mass communications.