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The history of papirosa tubes originates in Russia, because papiroses were invented there.
The first mention of papiroses is dated April 29, 1844.

By 1860, papiroses and papirosa tubes were made at 551 enterprises in Russia, and everywhere
by hand,  until  the  Russian  engineer  Ivan  Semenov  invented  the  papirosa  tobacco-stuffing
machine  and  improved  the  papirosa  cigarette  tubes  machine. The  so-called “Mendelssohn

seam"  was  invented  at  about  the  same time -  by the name of the inventor. The edges of the
finest tissue paper are connected by mechanical pressing with special gear wheels.

Information about Ivan Semenov is rather stingy. The sheet with a brief description of life
and professional skills, preserved in his personal file in the archive of the St. Petersburg
Polytechnic Institute, gives the following information: born in Tomsk in 1862, graduated from
he Tomsk Alekseevsky Real School, then entered the Petersburg Technological Institute, which
he successfully graduated in 1887 with the rank of engineer-technologist.

After graduation from the institute, yesterday’s student Ivan Semenov came to work at the A.N. Shaposhnikov's tobacco factory . He holds the position of chief mechanical engineer. After working for some time in the factory, already in 1889, Semenov was able to design the most productive at that time papirosa tobacco-stuffing machine for the tobacco industry and improved there papirosa tubes machines. Factory owner Ekaterina Shaposhnikova, widow of the founder, noticed a young and talented mechanic. In 1890 she gave him money so that he could open his own workshop for the production of pre rolled tubes and tobacco-stuffed machines.

He rented a premise on the corner of the Obvodny Canal and Serpukhovskaya Street and founded a mechanical workshop, where there were 1 planer, 2 drilling, 5 lathes and 15 workers worked. In July of that year, the first prototype of a machine for the production of papirosa tubes was released. This "test" machine was delivered to the factory of N.K. Bogdanov in St. Petersburg. He liked the machine, the owner of the factory ordered three more.

The machine, designed by Semenov, had a number of advantages compared to the analogues of those years. On it, with a small changeover, it was possible to get papirosa tubes of different diameters. It was equipped with a device that allows you to print on the sleeve of the shirt (tissue rolling paper) brand name or other text. Cutting rolling paper and printing on them was carried out with the movement of tissue (papirosa) paper, which almost 3 times increased productivity. The width of the glueless seam of the papirosa tubes was 1.5 mm versus 4 mm among competitors, which not only reduced rolling paper consumption, but also improved the quality of papirosa tubes. In addition, the machines were made very high quality and were reliable in operation.

It is clear that with such advantages orders followed from other “tobacco kings” of Russia. This required an increase in production space. In December 1896, on Pesochnaya Street (now Professor Popov) in St. Petersburg, in a specially built workshop, an enterprise was opened called the Machine-Building Plant of a Process Engineer I. A. Semenov. This allowed in the first year of operation of the plant to achieve production of 140 units of equipment.

The quality of the papirosa tubes machines of the I. Semenov factory was also officially recognized: the silver medal of
the All-Russian Nizhny Novgorod Exhibition in 1896 and the Grand Prix of the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

                                             But the main thing: I. A. Semenov's plant became the first precision engineering plant in                                                         Russia. This made it possible to expand the product range: for example, lathes of increased                                                    accuracy began to be produced.

The papirosa tubes machines invented by Semenov gained great fame both in Russia and abroad. In 1906, the Machine-Building Plant expanded significantly - a four-story building was built, new machines were purchased, a large technical bureau was established, which employed 6 engineers and 10 technologists. Three years later, the plant began producing                                     lathes of the latest systems and automatic scales for weighing bulk materials. A third of the products                                                    manufactured by Semenov's factory went for export; the rest went to Russian tobacco and                                                    tea factories. In pre-revolutionary Russia, the plant on Pesochnaya Street is almost the only                                                  precision engineering enterprise that worked to a large extent on the foreign market. Almost                                                 all the countries of Europe, as well as the USA, Argentina, Japan purchased Semenov's                                                        machines.


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Ivan Semenov

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                                  After the communists came to power, Ivan Semenov's factory was nationalized.

                                  It is clear that the former owner did not find a place at the factory. In the document issued by the                                          Petrosoviet in 1918 as an identity card, Ivan Alexandrovich Semenov was listed as a lecturer of the                                        Technological Institute. With it, Semenov left for Finland in 1919. He then moved to Czechoslovakia,    where he settled in the city of Plzen.  At  the  Škoda  factory,  he  set up  the  production of tobacco machinery. He died
and was buried in Karlovy Vary."      

heightened tobacco dependency, leading to an escalated daily cigarette consumption.

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The aristocratic allure of papirosa tubes

The emergence of papirosa tubes in the waning years of the 19th century marked a significant shift in the culture of smoking. Originally, these tubes were the domain of the affluent and the aristocracy. The elite class displayed a penchant for procuring fine tobacco separately and then leisurely crafting a tobacco roll, taking their time to savor the very act of smoking.

Famed Russian author, F.M. Dostoevsky, exemplified this luxurious practice. While penning his profound thoughts, he would indulge in multiple papirosa cigarette tubes, methodically tapping the ashes into a bronze ashtray. A testament to his predilection, his writing desk was adorned with just a tobacco box and a set of smoking tubes.

F.M. Dostoyevski

papirosas,   the   most    common   of   which   was   Belomorkanal.    Smoking gourmets


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The time-honored craftsmanship of papirosa tubes

Evoking the spirit of a bygone era, Papirosa smoking tubes are Russian masterpieces, meticulously crafted without the use
of adhesives, and employing natural tissue rolling paper. It's a rare privilege to experience the same tobacco wraps that once graced the lips of literary giants like Dostoevsky.

The true beauty of the papirosa tubes lies in its customizability. The choice of size, strength, and even flavor rests solely with the user. Despite the personalized touch, the finished roll retains the elegance of a professionally manufactured product.

The pioneering Russian contribution to smoking

The genesis of empty smoking tubes as a distinctive Russian innovation dates back to approximately 1844. In those early days, papirosas wrapped in paper tubes were handcrafted, underscoring their exclusivity. Typically, they were marketed as mere papirosa tubes, leaving the purchase of tobacco as a separate endeavor.

Production centers were diverse, ranging from dedicated tube factories and specialized workshops to individual artisans who skillfully shaped tobacco tubes. These individual craftsmen often took their expertise a step further, filling the tubes with tobacco before offering them wholesale. This "homegrown" approach posed stiff competition to the more formalized factories, largely due to the absence of excise duties on cigarette tubes either self-stuffed by consumers or by these craftsmen.

By  1909,  in    light of the competitive  disadvantage stemming from this tax discrepancy, several manufacturers lobbied for an excise imposition on tobacco tubes, marking a pivotal change in the industry.

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A global fascination with Russian papirosas

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As the 20th century dawned, the allure of Russian papiroses and their associated smoking tubes wasn't confined to Russia. It transcended borders, reaching far and wide. Parisian beauties, known for their discerning tastes, were particularly enamored with our cigarette tubes.

In a curious historical footnote, until the 1970s, tobacco tubes packed with hemp were commercially available in Soviet pharmacies. Touted for their therapeutic properties, they were recommended as treatments for ailments like asthma and tuberculosis.

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bought Belomorkanal papirosas only for the tobacco tubes.  They   easily  removed   tobacco  from  tubes  and  hammered  empty  cigarette tubes with  good  tobacco    blends   or  something  stronger. In  Russian,  such use of smoking tubes is called "zabit kosyak"
(hammer the joint).

In the late USSR papirosa tubes were not separately
produced already. But there  was   a huge selection of

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Papirosa tubes offer smokers a superior, bespoke experience, ideal for those who appreciate the nuances of Roll-Your-Own (RYO) tobacco enjoyment. These tubes are meticulously designed, comprising two distinct parts: the exterior 'shirt' and an inner cigarette holder.

The 'shirt', crafted from fine tissue rolling paper, is complemented by the high-density paper cigarette holder. When assembled, the shirt's excess, extending beyond the holder, forms the smokable section of the tube. This design caters to aficionados who often find standard filter cigarettes and ordinary filter tubes lacking in depth and quality.

A unique smoking experience

A notable distinction setting our tubes apart from traditional filter cigarettes lies in the innovative paper sleeve, which doubles as both a holder and a filter. This design innovation ensures that smokers can craft their personal joints, tailor-made to their preference. Smoking Papirosa Tubes offers a sensory experience that's distinctively different from conventional filter tubes.

The design, featuring a hollow holder, accentuates the authentic taste of tobacco. The malleable holder can be gently compressed, allowing the smoker to modulate the intensity of the smoke. Moreover, it facilitates rapid airflow, reaching velocities up to 100 km/h. As a result, a gentle puff suffices to fully relish the tobacco flavor. In contrast, regular filters curtail airflow by up to 60%, compelling smokers to inhale more deeply, drawing smoke further into the lungs.

Crafting the ideal roll with papirosa cigarette tubes

Papirosa cigarette tubes stand as a testament to smoking liberty, offering enthusiasts the flexibility to construct their bespoke tobacco rolls. With Papirosa Tubes, it's more than just filling a tube – it's about curating an experience. Smokers are given the autonomy to decide the type and quantity of tobacco, ensuring each roll is a reflection of individual preference. The entire process of using our tubes is not just satisfying; it's an art form that evokes profound pleasure.

Health considerations: papirosa tubes vs. conventional cigarette tubes

One of the paramount concerns in smoking is health, and Papirosa tubes are designed keeping that in mind.
When contrasted with standard tobacco filter tubes, several distinctive health-centric features emerge:

  1. Reduced Burning Temperature: Papirosa Tubes burn at a markedly lower temperature. The combustion of our sleeves happens around 400°C, while conventional cigarette tubes burn at a hotter 600°C. This decreased temperature potentially reduces the harmful compounds released during smoking.

  2. Moderated Smoking: Papirosa cigarette tubes, due to the absence of saltpeter in their tissue paper, have a natural propensity to extinguish if left unattended. This feature ensures that each tube is smoked in increments, typically in 3-4 sessions. Consequently, smokers are likely to consume fewer tubes daily, with an average of 10-15 tubes, potentially reducing overexposure to harmful elements.

In conclusion, while every smoking experience carries inherent risks, Papirosa tubes aim to offer a more controlled, enjoyable, and slightly healthier alternative to conventional means.

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One of the design differences of papirosa tubes from conventional cigarette filter sleeves is that our smoking shells partially remain empty and the ordinary filter cigarette sleeves are clogged with tobacco along their entire length. In addition, papirosa tubes usually have a slightly larger diameter. The filled portion of papirosa tubes is much bigger than that of a regular tobacco shells. And cigarette packing is usually denser. As a result, the smoke

behaves differently and is felt in papirosa shells and regular cigarette liners. You immediately draw in cigarette smoke into yourself, and the papirosa tobacco tubes smoke first “accelerates” in cigarette holder, i.e. goes through the air. We can say
that papirosa cigarette tubes smoke is more “lively”, the taste of tobacco is felt so much better in papirosa tubes. 

In addition, when smoking tobacco joints that are made of papirosa sleeves, there is a sensation of warmth that is not present when smoking ordinary filter sleeves. A good way to feel a difference is to fill a papirosa tubes and then regular filter cigarette tubes with the same tobacco. This can be compared to drinking mulled wine through a short wide pipe (papirosa tobacco tubes) and a long thin pipe (regular filter cigarette tubes).

My good friend describes his personal experience in using papirosa tubes as follows: "I am not a heavy smoker. You must admit that three papirosa tubes a day is an easy affection. I’m never in a hurry, it takes me about an hour to prepare and smoke one of my lovely tobacco tubes. All I need is always at hand: a box of smoking tubes, a blend of my favorite tobaccos, and a large bronze ashtray. 
First I take some tubes out of the box, choose one of them, and push the shirt out a few centimeters. Then, for a while, I slowly sort out and rub the tobacco with my fingers, enjoying its flavor,  freeing myself from extraneous thoughts and absorbing in meditation. 
It gives me pleasure to stuff the papirosa tube with my hands, periodically crumpling filled part. When I’ve finished stuffing, I twist the upper blank part of the tobacco tube so that the tobacco doesn’t spill out of joint during lighting. 
I don't light a smoking tube right away, for some time I crumple the shirt of the sleeve, scrolling it in my hands, in anticipation of the pleasure that will come soon.
Finally, I light a joint. I smoke slowly, leisurely, stretching pleasure for half an hour..."

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