Firstly - Cigarette smoking is seriously injurious to health – yours and the ones around you.
>> Are hand-rolled cigarettes (HRC) less harmful?
– NO, in case you do not get it, just google it man — I did that — no evidence of them being any less or more harmful (although the research does say, which is needless, that hand-rolled ones contain lesser chemicals)
>> Are HRC better in taste?
– Taste, my friends, is a personal choice. Although I do find the taste better most of the times, I do feel like smoking a factory made one occasionally. Some people I’ve met swear by its taste (I use Golden Virginia tobacco)
>> Will trying to do this reduce or attenuate my smoking habits?
– If that’s the reason — and the primary reason — for you to take up rolling your own cigarettes, it would not really help unless you keep some principles embedded with it. I tried with the same intentions and have partially succeeded, since my principle was to not to buy and smoke and was partially administered. But I did smoke lesser since I have started this (been about 2 weeks)
Although I must say, it does reduce your smoking to some extent — for the obvious reason that one needs to put in some efforts before he/she can light that stick.
>> Is HRC cost-effective?
– A definite yes (of course with a disclaimer, unless you smoke more than what you’d’ve smoked on factory ones)
The reason is simple, you buy tobacco (about INR 200), cigarette paper (about INR 25 for small size – my preference) and it makes about 60-80 cigarettes. A lot of cost-effectiveness there (let’s keep the future medical bills and their financial effects aside)
>> Does it make you feel better?
— Better? – No.
Different? – yes. You see it takes time to roll a cigarette and with time you get better at it (not something that one may be proud of, but then better to be better at it if you are at it). Patience is another virtue the art of rolling cultivates — and I have a desperate void for the virtue.
If you are a smoker who has been smoking cigarettes, do try rolling your own cigarettes and let me know if you need some help or your experience about it.