Product: Cigarette Paper
Cigarette Paper   (+1, -1)  [vote for, against]
its about a simple as it sounds

paper, of tobacco or an alternative, that comes in sheets in notebooks large and small. it can be cut to preferred size by user, then rolled up and used in the normal fashion. many different flavors could be offered. i'm not sure if this would actually draw but if you didn't roll it too tightly?

advantages of this product= control over size (make a small one if you're between classes, maybe?) if you write on it also, it would be a great way to recycle.
-- monk, May 13 2004

well there's hemp paper, so you're halfway there. i wonder if there's a way to process the leaves into paper so all the flavor isn't washed out.

as far as the draw goes, a study of cigar rolling techniques and some practice would probably produce an acceptable result. good thinking (+).
-- xclamp, May 13 2004

Cigars are wrapped in tobacco leaves so there's no real barrier to entry there. The only real question is "Can one smoke rolled-up tobacco?" I say it doesn't matter because one could always shred a sheet of tobacco, then roll it inside another sheet.

All things considered, Zyban is a better choice.
-- phoenix, May 13 2004

liquorice papers exist, and i'm sure a company yused to market rolls of cigarette papers just can't remember who.
-- engineer1, May 13 2004

"advantages of this product= control over size " - why is this made of tobacco? Is the idea for big sheets of 'paper' so you can choose the size or for cigarette papers made from tobacco?
-- dobtabulous, May 13 2004

Almost baked in cigars.
-- FarmerJohn, May 13 2004

dobtabulous, the idea is not for an ordinary paper which you roll chopped leaf in, it is for a roll of paper that you can roll into a *cigar, basically, in the size of your choice.
-- monk, May 15 2004

Now I understand [monk] - the paper IS the thing you smoke not just the container for it.

I have often wondered whether, in the average roll-up, the paper or the 'baccy do the most damage to my lungs etc. I've never heard of any research on 'normal' papers.
-- dobtabulous, May 17 2004

Ohhh, now I get it.

There's a lot of information and equipment available for making your own paper at home. What I've seen requires a blender, a source of pulp (other paper for example) and a screen on which to dry the concoction. Maybe you could make tobacco paper from the loose tobacco used for rolling cigarettes.

But, I'm not going to try it.
-- Gromit, May 17 2004

Like phoenix, I doubt this would work - paper burns differently from flakes, and I suspect tobacco paper would burn too fast for an enjoyable smoke. But it's easy enough to make paper - have you tried?
-- DrCurry, May 17 2004

you could probably get a nice pulp out of the tobacco leaves and mix it with your run of the mill pulp to control the burn rate to that of a standard cig.
-- xclamp, May 17 2004

Top Tip, if your making your own paper it's best to use a sheet of glass to dry your paper on rather than a screen. When the paper is still wet it can have a tendency to stick to the screen.
-- sufc, May 17 2004

I would think the largest factor in burn rate is surface area of a given cross section. In that case, all you'd need to worry about is paper thickness (thin = more surface area, burns faster).
-- Worldgineer, May 17 2004

Re: "use a sheet of glass to dry your paper on rather than a screen" - I never had the sticking problem. The screen I used was actually a "spatter shield" used for cooking and is a very fine, flat, expanded metal as opposed to standard hardware cloth. It wasn't huge paper. Despite its fine holes the mesh was open enough though to let water drain out of the paper and expose the paper to air, thus aiding the drying process.

Not that I'm in favor of smoking, but this idea is interesting enough that I will contribute another thought. Watermark the "cigarette" brand in the paper?
-- Gromit, May 17 2004

where would you lick&stick?
-- shinobi, May 20 2004

good point, shinobi. if you didn't want to have to hold it together the whole time, maybe there could be a bar of some kind of gum on the top of the notebook, so when you run it across, it sticks.
-- monk, Jun 07 2004

random, halfbakery