Pack Tobacco.

It is a ritual to pack tobacco before dipping or smoking it.The benefits of packing are mostly that of habit.In tins and cigarette papers, packing tobacco can help to consolidate loose tobacco.We've got you covered regardless of your method.See Step 1 for more information.

Step 1: You should open the can first to make sure it is fresh.

Most dipping tobacco comes in small, hockey puck-shaped tins that are designed to keep the tobacco nice and moist.For a variety of reasons, chewers and dippers will pack the tobacco to one side of the can and push it to the same place in the tin.If you don't want to pack smokeless tobacco, it's perfectly fine.It's a ritual to pack the tin and it makes it easier to tell how much tobacco you have left.

Step 2: The can needs to be pinched between your fingers.

After closing the tin, put your thumb in the center of the bottom of it, and your middle finger on the top.Put the tin on the ground by rotating it.

Step 3: The tin must be snapped downward quickly.

Don't let the tin get loose, but firm enough to not let it fall.If you were going to skip it on the water, Wrap your finger around the edge of the tin.Move the can quickly while you relax your pointer finger.Start by moving the can downward with a jerk.With each jerking movement, your pointer finger will make a loud noise on the side of the can.Get a good pack by repeating.Some dippers will do a slightly different version, snapping it backwards, toward the side of the head.Others will flick the tin away from them.Try to see what feels most comfortable for you.

Step 4: The tin is open.

The tobacco should be packed densely to one side of the tin to make it easy to remove a pinch.You're ready to dip and enjoy.

Step 5: Before opening them, pack cigarettes.

When you buy a pack of cigarettes, whatever variety, the pack will have been sitting right-side-up on the shelf for a long time, and the tobacco will loosen up some in the paper.While the cigarettes are still tight in the package, smokers will pack the tobacco back down toward the filter, making it easier to light and draw from.It is true that cigarettes from packs that haven't been packed have a tendency to kick the cherry, or lose the lit-end when the ash is tapped off.It's also true that the tobacco will leave a small empty tab on the end of the cigarette, which is easier to light than a cigarette with tobacco flush with the ends.

Step 6: Take the pack out of your hand.

The top of the pack pointed down toward the floor when you pinched between your thumb and middle finger.With your finger on top, hold the pack in place.Your palm pointed up as you held your other hand open.It's better if you don't remove the plastic wrap from the pack first.You don't have to worry about the top of the box flapping open.It's a good idea to handle soft-packs a bit more gently since there is nothing to separate your finger from the cigarette but a thin piece of paper.

Step 7: Put the top of the pack in your hand.

To pack the cigarettes, hit the top of the pack with your open palm.Just let the swing carry the pack into your palm if you hold it loose enough.Depending on how packed your cigarettes are, you can repeat this process about 10 times.More packing will recess the tobacco farther into the paper, resulting in more empty space at the tip of the cigarette and denser tobacco, making the draw somewhat more snug.

Step 8: Take the pack of cigarettes and open it.

You can return the cigarette to the pack if you don't like how far you've packed it.If you pack too much, you can flip the pack over and pack it in a different direction.

Step 9: Pack a tobacco pipe that is clean.

The stem of the tobacco pipe should be cleaned several times by running a pipe cleaner through it.If the bowl of the pipe is dark and ashy, it's a good thing.The "cake" helps the tobacco burn in a uniform way.Repack a tobacco pipe if you empty it.You will get a hot and rattling smoke from the stem, which is likely to be full of wet condensation.

Step 10: Push the tobacco down by half by filling the bowl with your choice.

The best way to pack a pipe is to fill the bowl completely, then use the pipe tamper, a small metal rod with a flat end made for the purpose, to push the tobacco down until it's reduced by about half.It's perfectly fine to use your thumb, forefinger, or blunt end of a lighter if you don't have a tamper.It's nice, but not necessary.

Step 11: Add a few pinches to the bowl.

The tobacco should be compressed by half when you refill the pipe.Depending on the tobacco and the springiness of it, the pipe should be 1/3 of the way full.You might want to add more if you have a larger bowl, but it's probably enough to start.

Step 12: Light tobacco and draw with it.

You're ready to smoke after packing it in.To avoid flustering the tobacco, draw gently and rhythmically.

Step 13: If your pipes go out frequently, you should ask a tobacconist to demonstrate.

The art of packing a pipe requires some practice, but it doesn't need to be very complicated.You don't need fancy equipment to pack a good pipe.If your pipes go out frequently, you might have a problem with your pipe stem, or you may be packing the pipe too tightly.If you're struggling, ask for help from a tobacconist.

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