She has tried vaping, e-cigs, patches, gum, lozenges, but always resorts back to the Newport :/
After experiencing the third price increase in the last few years, I decided to do some research and find a lower cost method of procuring cigarettes.
Enter the Powermatic II, a handy 3d printed hopper available on eBay, gambler 100’s filters, and Good Stuff menthol pipe tobacco.
I like to sit down at the kitchen table, keep the machine on an extension cord with a on/off switch and put on some good tunes.
Make sure you keep a bunch of the Newport 100 empty packs too, as it makes the experience more genuine than store purchased cigarette cases.
Keep in mind that the gambler 100’s filters are slightly larger diameter than store bought ones, so you can only fit 16 into a pack comfortably vs 20
Pour the tobacco leaves so it floods the hopper and the front area, then make sure to push down gently a few times(when you are packing the loading area), and especially towards the outsides.
One hopper full makes around a pack, I usually make 2-3 packs at a time – so everything stays fresh.
With the combination mentioned above, my wife now PREFERS the homemade cigs vs the Newports. This translates to huge cost savings.
Less chemicals than the Newports as well = slightly healthier I suppose
A 1lb bag will yield around 2.5 cartons = 500 cigs
Figure a pack of Newports in PA costs around $8 or around $.40 ea, a roll your own costs you about $.04 ea!
So you are saving 10x the money by going to roll your own.
Of course you have to factor in the time it takes to make them, but I can bang out around a pack in 8-10 minutes, maybe less if you are in the groove.
Note: You will have to buy tobacco in a store in PA due to laws, but many places have it.
Initially, I would not suggest trying other brands flavors if you are looking for the Newport taste. Though if you go to your local shop, they might steer you in a slightly different direction. Don't use a menthol flavored tube, you will likely be disappointed, unless you like things uber minty.