Clear Rolling Papers // Clear Cigarette Papers
Clear Rolling papers are made from a specialized form of cellulose film which is also known as Cellophane. When you think of Cellophane you probably think of plastic wrap, however natural Cellophane is not made from plastic. Instead it is made from chemically modified natural Cellulose, predominantly from trees or cotton.
They burn quite well and very different then a normal white paper. They sort of compact around your cigarette as you are smoking and therefore provide a very tight pull. It's quite unlike smoking a normal cigarette. They also have a sweet taste on the lips. This is part of the Glycerin effect. Glycerin tastes sweet. Burning Glycerin does release Acrolein (a carcinogen). This may sound bad but remember that burning Tobacco releases LOTS of carcinogens - lots more then that small amount of Glycerin!
There has been some controversy surrounding these products. This is because a couple brands incorrectly advertised their products as being more natural then regular 'white' rolling papers and went so far as to claim that regular white rolling papers contain lead and arsenic whereas clear rolling papers do not. As American Spirit once said "THERE IS NO HEALTHY CIGARETTE". However a clear rolled cigarette would definitely not be any safer or healthier then a 'white' cigarette in this writers opinion. See the bottom of this page for the PURE LIE
I recall in the 1970's another company tried to launch a brand of clear rolling papers. They were called INVISIBLE and should be part of my collection somewhere. They were extremely dry, so they were crumbly and difficult to roll with. These clear rolling papers below are made from a mixture of cellulose, Glycerin and water. The Aleda website & advertisements mistakenly claimed that their product is made from 100% vegetables, which is incorrect. Aleda is made from a blend of wood cellulose, glycerin and water - no Vegetables in there sorry....
Here is a quote from the Aleda website with corrections in RED
- 100% Cellulose, made from all natural soluble vegetable origin
- (Incorrect, the product is ~ 80% wood based cellulose, 14% Glycerin and 6% water. Use any extraction test and you will see this for yourself. Cellulose is not made from Vegetables but rather from Wood or rare forms of Cotton that are grown in China. It can also be made from Hemp but that process is very difficult and expensive and has not yet been perfected.)
- (True, Clear Papers are 100% Bio-Degradable)
- Odorless and innocuous
- (Maybe until burned? It's a very smoky burn and with approximately 24gsm of wood it burns sort of - well I wouldn't call it innocuous...)
- Slower combustion
- (True, it does burn slower then regular papers due to the Glycerin)
- Does not alter the tobacco taste and characteristics
- (debatable, but some smokers really enjoy them - and that is the truth!) High transparency (95%)
- Made without glue, bleach, metals or dyes unlike other traditional rolling papers.
- (the process to make Cellophane is actually a very chemical oriented process that has been banned in many if not most countries due to it's chemical byproducts).
- This unique product comes in two different sizes – Aleda King Size, which is the perfect blunt replacement, and Aleda Mini – which replaces the traditional 1 ¼” paper.
- (again incorrect, the Aleda Mini we have here is the same size as a Single Wide paper - not 1 1/4 !)
Update on the Aleda False Information Scandal
Thanks to the outright embarrassment of Aleda by the information posted on this page and the information posted on Wikipedia, Aleda has retracted their false statements that the product is made from Vegetables. They recently posted ad admission that their clear rolling papers ARE made from Wood and Glycerin.
Here is a copy of the apology letter Aleda recently posted on their website:
Dear Consumers, Partners and Distributors,
Due to all the rumors created by disloyal competition, we are demystifying the process of production of our transparent paper. Our transparent paper is composed of a 100% natural regenerated cellulose film. Regenerated Cellulose is a film obtained from 100% refined cellulose, which comes from the wood pulp.
The process of production of the transparent paper does NOT alter the chemical nature of the cellulose film and for this the process of production uses chemically inert, insoluble, infusible and innocuous material.
This film is treated with emollients which give the softness and humidity with emphasis on its high shininess and the highest transparency.
Glycerin is a natural substance used in many perishable and non-perishable products to give softness and shininess to the product. Some of these products include:
- Non-Sugar Sweeteners
- In cooking in general
Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point. It attracts moisture and gives the product a shiny and soft texture. This is the reason for the use of glycerin. It can only be harmful when re-heated various times at very high temperatures. This does not happen with aLeda as it can only burn once and cannot be re-used.
Our product is made from treated eucalyptus cellulose, re-managed and reforested in a sustainable way in accordance to ISO 14001, which makes it ecologically correct.
These trees are planted primarily to cover raw material necessities and at the same time to preserve the environment through high technology plantation authorized by IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental Institute) and complying with technical foresting criteria through sustainable managing and selective cutting.
The cellulose used to make our product has a biodegradable certificate as per European Laws.
While we are glad Aleda admitted the obvious truth as of today their USA website still has the old very false information posted:
Other companies such as PURE / Purepapers.com have also published incredible false statements such as the one below taken from their website as evidence
This information above is a "PURE LIE".
Paper is naturally BROWN in color - not Clear. Clear papers are made using a chemically intrusive process and would likely have a harsher impact on the environment then white paper. We have filed a fraud complaint against Purepapers.com / Pure Clear Rolling Papers LLC with the FTC and we hope our readers will do the same. Pure Papers is a marketing company from Beverly Hills California. They are not a longstanding Tobacco company such as Republic, Imperial, HBI or Gizeh/Mascotte. The truly healthiest cigarette is said to be one rolled in an unbleached paper (Reference)Here's another example of "Smoke-Lies":
It seems like so many companies just can't resist - continually false advertising to consumers. Smokies (AKA Smoklies) is the newest clear paper we have seen. They joined right in by printing lies. Smokies are not made from vegetables and they are not made from 100% cellulose. Cellophane does contain chemicals, and their product also contains lead and arsenic, possibly at significantly higher levels then a quality white paper. Another FTC complaint has been filed against them.
Here's another "Master Liar"
Again this company claims that Cellophane is more natural then a white paper and that silly statement that paper is clear before somehow arsenic and lead are added to turn a clear paper white? That is a bold face lie.
Now here comes the BIGGEST LIAR YET:
Not only did Roopa print the most amount to date of outright lies and false statements, but they went an additional step by saying that Cellophane is "a paper in the raw". Thus they're trying to associate smoking Cellophane with the unbleached RAW rolling papers. That's really over the top! Let's recount their lies for them:
- 1) They claim the product is made from Vegetables
- Absolute lie, it's made from Wood, Glycerin and Water
- 2) They claim the product is made from 100% cellulose
- Another lie, it's made from Wood Cellulose, Glycerin and Water.
- 3) They claim that Cellophane is "finished at a phase in the manufacturing process before the chemical compounds are added, eliminating any doubts in relation to the health of our customers"
- Another really big lie, Cellophane is made in an entirely different process as outlined here. The process used to make these clear papers is extremely toxic and uses very harsh chemicals.
- 4) They claim to meet EU's chemical standards -
- we don't know if they are lying again, however these standards are for Cellophane as a PACKING MATERIAL, not intended to be used in burning as a cigarette paper.
- 5) They claim that lead, arsenic and heavy metals are required to make paper white
- Absolute lie, We could continue this list forever, the bottom line is that they are using completely false statements to try and trick you into smoking their product. You can see their entire Power Point presentation here.
One last very important thing
Clear papers are really a LOT of fun to roll with (They're a 'Trip' hah hah). They also burn quite well, nice slow and smooth. A friend pulled out some clear cigarettes at a pub the other day and we ended up having a blast showing them to everyone in the place. They are a great attention-getter and conversation-starter! We do like the product, we think it's fun to use and roll with, we just don't like the Aleda, PURE, and Smokies guys printing false information and tricking consumers into thinking the product is more natural then regular white rolling papers.
All smoking is bad for you!
Information on Clear Rolling Papers on Wikipedia
Here is an article of interest from Can Culture Magazine that features Clear Rolling Papers