Each method of smoking, whether through a pipe, cigar, or cigarette, uses a different blend and cut of tobacco. Pipe tobacco is usually cut in thin strips, consists of a wide range of base tobaccos, like Virginia and Burley, and is “spiced,” or flavored. Cigarette tobacco, however, almost entirely consists of Virginia- and Burley-based tobaccos, with some Oriental or Turkish tobacco used as flavoring. Cigarette tobacco is also usually finer, smaller-cut and stored dryer than pipe tobacco. With a little bit of preparation, though, you can easily convert pipe tobacco for use in cigarettes.
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Lay a thin layer of pipe tobacco out on a plate for two to four hours. In more humid climates, set the plate in the sun or near a heat source. Let the tobacco dry out. Use a tobacco blend that is heavy in the lighter, slightly yellowish Virginia-style tobacco. Sometimes called “English blends,” these blends consist of less flavored tobacco than flavored blends available in pipe stores.
Crumple the tobacco between your fingers until it becomes fine and stringy. Do not grind the tobacco into a powder. Pipe tobacco is usually stored in a more humid environment than cigarette tobacco, but tobacco that's too dry will burn unpleasantly hotter and faster than properly moist tobacco.
Roll the tobacco in a cigarette paper. Use a filter to decrease the airflow through the cigarette. Pipe tobacco is designed to be smoked more slowly and further away from the smoker than regular cigarette tobacco. Smoke slowly to experience the flavors and aromas of the tobacco, and expect thicker, hotter smoke than you would get from a regular cigarette.
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