Tubing for Pleasure And Profit OR Now You Know What Those Tins Are For >>
What do the “Righteous”, the Non-Smokers, do after sex? Does deep meaningful conversation replace the apres bonk ciggy?
Anyways, being the Gentleman that I am, I proffered the girl a Stuyvesant. She declined. Getting out of bed and jamming her T-shirt between her legs (bit of a design fault on the part of the Creator there but this was the pre-AIDS , pre-Condom, 80’s and anyways she was catholic) she said ‘no thanks, I want to stuff one’ .
Stuff one? I thought we’d just taken care of that...
Anyways she wandered over to the cupboard and took out a tin of Marlboro Tobacco. I didn’t even know that Marlboro did loose tobacco. Then she took out a box of ‘empty’ cigarettes and a gadget.
Neon Plastic with a crank handle.
Does it get better than that?
I love gadgets. Don't worry Dear, if you haven’t got a ‘Y’ chromosome you wouldn’t understand.
She proceeded to ‘stuff’ or rather ‘tube’ a smoke.
Like I said, this was the 80‘s in Germany. Back before ‘Reunification’ and the Euro , when a pack of Marlboro or a 50g pouch both cost 4 marks (£1.20)....or 20p if you had thought to bring a bag of brit 5p coins with you and you got your fags out of the machines on every street corner (old squaddies trick).
The Continentals have been ‘tubing’ for decades. But until recently it remained the preserve of students and Poor People. It never really caught on here in the UK because of the price of rolling tobacco meant that even back in the 80‘s it would have been more expensive to tube than to buy a pack of straights.
However in the last few years the price of cigarettes and tobacco has sky rocketed in the rest of Europe too. A packet of fags in the Benelux or Germany costs almost as much as it does in the UK and the 50g pouch has almost tripled in price. They have even started selling half packs or ‘tens’ of cigarettes, something unknown there a few short years ago.
So now you know what all those tubs and tins are you see on the tobacconist’s shelf when you go baccy buying in the Benelux. Tubing has become more and more popular over there.
Tubing tobacco is a little different from RYO. Its cured and cut slightly differently. Yes you can roll Tubing tobacco, just has you can tube RYO but it doesn’t work as well in either case.
Rule of Thumb: If it is in a tub, can, bucket or zip bag then it is tubing tobacco, if it’s in a pouch then its RYO.
(Some tubs however do say ‘all round’ which means it can be used for tubing & hand rolling.)
If you’re a ‘straights’ man and don’t really like roll ups then tubing might be for you. (Does your wife grizzle too when you put your knees on the steering wheel to roll a fag on the autobahn?) You can even get electric tubing gadgets although personally I use the ‘Rizla Concept’ machines and their tubes because they can be bought in most supermarkets in the UK , should i happen to forget to order more on Ebay.
At the present a smoke-able tubing tobacco will set you back about 10 Euros for 100g in the BNL and Germany. Premium tobacco brands such as Marlboro are a bit more expensive but only by a couple of Euros.
I spend those long winter Norfolk evenings making my smokes for the next day. Top Tip: put your tubed smokes filter side down in the empty cigarette pack , saves on tobacco falling out.
Yes it takes a little practice to tube a perfect cigarette and each tobacco brand has slightly different qualities. Another Top Tip: Don’t try tubing fresh GV, it is far too wet when it comes out of the pouch..hell its almost liquid. Most tubing tobaccos however can be used straight out of the tin.
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