Introducing: 3 new types of paper in cigarette manufacturing

A cigarette is familiar in daily life.

But most people only notice the tobacco brand rather than the paper.

In fact, paper is an important part of a cigarette.

Papers in a cigarette

Structure of a cigarette

First let’s introduce the three basic papers in a cigarette: plug wrap paper, tipping paper, and cigarette paper.

Plug wrap paper is used for wrapping the filter. It reduces harmful components such as tar and carbon monoxide. The key index is porosity.

Tipping paper connects the filter tip to the tobacco rod. It controls the smoke yields via perforation, what’s more, it also reflects the brand’s features through specific designs.

On the other hand, tipping paper is the only part of the cigarette which is in direct contact with the lips. So it has strict safety requirements for the material.

Similarly, cigarette paper wraps around tobacco. It can be designed for brand recognition as well.

Due to cigarette paper burns with tobacco, there are specific requirements such as burning rate, strength, ash, and so on.

Over the years, the tobacco market is monopolized by several big players, the innovations are not as much as in the FMCG industry.

Nevertheless, Jinfeng develops some new types of paper, which introduce the features of bamboo paper to the cigarette industry.

Now let’s see some new types.

3 new types of paper in the cigarette industry

Bamboo fiber tipping paper

Tipping paper is normally made from wood pulp fiber. It’s not eco-friendly and has no special flavor.

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing, renewable resources in the world.

Due to bamboo being CO2 neutral and easily degradable, it’s an excellent alternative to traditional wood material.

Jinfeng innovatively developed the technology of making tipping paper from bamboo fiber. The patented technology provides bamboo tipping paper, which features green, natural anti-microbial effect, and natural bamboo aroma.

The bamboo tipping base paper is good in air permeability, natural color, and economical.

Bamboo raw material

Bamboo perfume cigarette paper

Cigarette paper is normally composed of wood pulp fiber, flax fiber, and inorganic fillers.

The wood pulp and flax fiber produce a woody smell during the burning of cigarettes. It disturbs the tobacco flavor.

Now there is a new method to improve the smoking taste by changing the recipe of papermaking. Bamboo pulp is introduced to replace a certain ratio of wood pulp. The finished cigarette paper in roll has no flavor, meanwhile, the woody smell is eliminated in burning.

Bamboo pulp

High adsorption plug wrap paper

The filter tip of the cigarette is composed of acetate and the outer paper material (the first layer is plug wrap and then tipping paper).

To reduce the damage of inhaling smoke with tar, highly porous plug wrap paper is used with pre-perforated tipping papers.

Furthermore, we optimized the structure of plug wrap paper by adding an adsorption layer. The result of the composite structure is higher tensile strength (>1.8kN/m) and unchanged air permeability.

Production of paper

As tobacco is a kind of market-oriented product, the above new technologies may only belong to a niche range. But as Steve Jobs said, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” We need to keep supplying innovations on paper products first, then the market could give its answer.

At last, let’s see what’s going on for the tobacco market in the future.

The new trend of the cigarette market in 2023

First, the tobacco market is still growing, IMARC Group expects a CAGR of 1.47% during the year 2022-2027.

Second, the primary market is shifting to Asia and Africa, where populations are increasing, income levels are elevating, and government regulations are lenient.

Third, although the market is segmented into many new types like RYO, cigars, or smokeless tobacco, cigarettes still is the most popular type.


That wraps up our introduction. We hope you found the information interesting and useful.

If you want to get more information on the paper products (including hand-rolled cones and RYO ), be free to let us know.