I woke up this morning to the sound of my doorbell. I stumbled out of bed and went to the door and there was nobody there. I said “hello?” and the neighbor kid popped his head out and said “oh did I wake you up?” I said “yes, you did”. He said “oh well never mind” I said “wait, you woke me up, what do you want?” He said “I just wondered if you would do something for me but I know you probably won’t want to do it”.
Kid, if you know I won’t want to do it then why are you waking me up? SIGH! – by the way, he is 21 lol I call him a kid because he acts like one.
Anyway, he wanted me to go to the store to buy a pack of Newport Cigarettes for him. Not just the store next door to my house but the store a block away. I don’t think so. It ain’t happenin’. I told him no because I quit smoking in 1996 and I swore that I wouldn’t go running errands for people wanting to buy cigarettes like I did for people when I did smoke because I’m trying not to support that habit. Yeah I know, douche ex-smoker right?
So I remembered when we first moved to Bakersfield we met this guy named Troy and he rolled his own cigarettes with this little hand-held machine where he placed a cigarette tube with a filter on the end (it looked like a cigarette but it was empty) and he put the tobacco in the machine and he did a slide motion with the machine and pulled the filled cigarette out.
So I went online and did a search for it and found 2 products. They aren’t cheap. I didn’t find the hand-held one but these are still good I guess. There is the PREMIER Excel Cigarette Injector Machine at Amazon for $34.99 or you can buy it used for $20. Then there is the Top-o-matic Cigarette Making Machine W/handlewhich is a bit more expensive for $79.99 but you can buy it used for $35+. I’m sure that any cigarette store sells these for less than you can buy them at Amazon, who knows. I haven’t been to a cigarette store because they opened right after I quit smoking.
But with these machines you can make your own cigarettes for $1 a pack. That’s pretty good right? When I quit smoking the generic cigarettes were .99 cents per pack with tax so about $1.07 total. Hell when I started smoking in 1985 cigarettes were about $1 a pack for the regular brands. Now cigarettes are like $5-10 per pack so I think that this is a good thing to suggest to my neighbor so he can roll his own for a lot less.
The reviews that I have read say that the cigarettes you buy and the ones you roll taste about the same. All you do is buy your cigarette tubes with the filter already on. Those are about $2 for a cartons worth of tubes which adds up to .01 one penny for each tube with a filter on it. The tubes w/filters are all different. You can buy full flavor or lights or menthol or menthol lights etc.
Then you buy your tobacco which is about $20 for a can or bag. I actually don’t know how much they cost. I went to PipesandCigars.com and found this one particular brand called Drum and it’s about $21.99 for the can. I don’t know how many cigarettes or packs or cartons that rolls though. But you can buy them in your local cigarette shop I guess, they will tell you how many packs you can make with each bag or can.
I am certainly not promoting cigarettes here but I can say that the government is screwing people out of their hard earned money by raising these bullshit taxes for cigarettes and I think that people should stop buying the pre-rolled cigarettes and just roll your own. It’s time to give the power back to the people and let them decide how much they want to pay for a pack of cigarettes.
It takes less than 10 seconds to “inject” your own cigarette with these 2 machines I linked above. You can make an entire pack of cigarettes in about a minute or 2. Hell, you can just roll a whole cartons worth and use the box that the empty cigarette tubes came in to store all your cigarettes then go out and buy a tin that looks like a pack of cigarettes or a cigarette holder like they used to use back in the 20’s -50’s (remember I Love Lucy? They always had those things).
Watch this video I found. Oh, it’s not me by the way hehe.
Edit: I found out that the tobacco to make 1 carton of cigarettes is now up to $29. YIKES! But that still beats $45 for a carton I guess.