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The truth about rollies? Warning: it ain’t pretty

If you thought smoking rollies or pouch tobacco was better for you than traditional cigarettes, you’re not alone. Half of young smokers in Victoria believe that smoking roll-your-own cigarettes are less dangerous for them.

But, the science shows that roll-your-own tobacco is just as bad as factory-made cigarettes. We’re here to bust the five most common misconceptions about roll-your-own tobacco

1) Roll-your-own tobacco doesn’t have as many nasties, which makes it better for you

Wrong! Tobacco companies use the same or similar additives in loose tobacco that they use in manufactured cigarettes. In fact, in roll-your-own these additives can be added in higher quantities than in one ready-made cigarette. So if you thought smoking roll-your-own was healthier for you, consider that myth, busted! 

2) You’re smoking less than if you buy manufactured cigarettes

Some people think that because they’re using rollies, they’re smoking less. But often people who use roll-your-own cigarettes tend to take longer puffs and inhaling more smoke per cigarette. So in fact, using roll-your-own tobacco could be doing your body more damage than using a pack of cigarettes.

3) You’re saving more money by buying loose tobacco

 Maybe once upon a time! Up until September 2016, loose tobacco was taxed less.  But now, the price of loose tobacco is the same as manufactured cigarettes. The bottom line? Toll-your-own is not just costing your health, it’s costly for your wallet too. 

4) They’re natural unlike pre-made cigarettes

Roll-your-own tobacco still has all the chemicals that are in manufactured cigarettes. The danger comes from burning the tobacco. Burning the tobacco activates dangerous toxins such as carbon monoxide and tar. At the end of the day, roll-your-own tobacco is can still lead to many life-threatening health problems including 16 types of cancer. 

5) I roll mine skinny, which makes them better for me.

There’s a misconception that rolling skinnier cigarettes means you’re smoking less tobacco overall. The size of the cigarette doesn’t actually make a difference; you’re still inhaling nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide. So just because you rolled a skinnier cigarette, doesn’t mean it’s any better for you.

The final word

Any kind of smoking is doing your body damage. Whether it’s rollies, cigarettes or shisha, it’s the tobacco you’re lighting and inhaling. But the good part? Your body begins to repair itself the minute you quit smoking. 

The best way to quit is to use a combination of methods. Adding personalised support such as the Quitline can help you not just quit, but stay quit. Call the Quitline on 13 7848 and get tailored information on how to beat the habit, use nicotine replacement products and other tips and tricks. 

Click here to build your own quit plan or read up on how former smokers beat the habit.

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