We produce over 800 billion cigarettes each year in factories around the world. Cigarettes are made from:
- Tobacco, selected according to specific blends and leaf grades to maintain the consistency and distinctive character of each brand
- Ingredients, added to many of our brands to keep the tobacco moist, aid the manufacturing process, replenish natural sugars lost during leaf curing, and contribute to each brand’s unique taste
- Nontobacco materials, such as paper or filters
The selection of the right tobacco blend is the first step in cigarette production. This blend is finely cut before it passes through a drying cylinder to reduce moisture. When the moisture is at an optimal level, the blend is ready for cigarette manufacturing.
This process begins by creating one long cigarette, called a rod, which is up to 7,000 meters long.
Machines slice this super-sized rod into shorter pieces, inserting filters at both ends. Each shorter rod is then cut in half, producing two filtered cigarettes.
To prepare the final pack, individual cigarettes are sorted into pack-sized groups and wrapped in foil to preserve their freshness.