Rollies (or roll-your-own tobacco) are often believed to be less harmful and more natural than factory-made cigarettes. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just as deadly
Words like ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are often used by marketers to imply that a product is a healthier alternative. However, when it comes to tobacco, there is no such thing as 'healthier'.
All tobacco kills, whether it’s a factory-made product, has a fancy name, a special flavour or comes in a nice pouch to roll-your-own. Evidence shows that people who smoke rollies are exposed to the same toxins and carcinogens as those who smoke factory-made cigarettes. Therefore it’s no surprise that rollies have been proven to cause the same cancers and diseases and have the same high risk to health as factory-made cigarettes.
And it’s just as expensive
In 2023 the Federal Government announced that rollies will be taxed in line with factory-made products, making them just as expensive. They also announced that annual increases on tobacco tax at 5% will return for a period of at least 3 years.
This price increase is a timely reminder that tobacco smoking will kill two out of three long-term users, regardless of the type of tobacco product. There has never been a better time to quit.