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Belomorkanal cigarettes

Belomorkanal (Russian: Беломорканал) is a brand of cigarettes made by the Uritsky Tobacco Factory in 1932[citation needed] at Leningrad, Soviet Union. The brand was introduced to commemorate the construction of the White Sea – Baltic Canal (abbr. Belomorkanal). Process engineer Ionidi is considered to be its creator, and the pack drawing was made by Andrey Tarakanov.[1]

Belomorkanal is a cigarette of specific design called in Russian papirosa (папироса), to distinguish from usual cigarettes. Generally, the papirosa are without a filter. Belomorkanal is an example of one of the stages in the evolution of cigarettes: it is composed of a hollow cardboard tube extended by a thin cigarette paper tube with tobacco. The cardboard tube plays the role of a disposable cigarette holder. This method was abandoned by Western brands shortly after World War II. Belomorkanal are still produced in various post-Soviet republics, most notably in Russia, Kamenets-Podolskiy, Ukraine and in Hrodna, Belarus.

The brand became popular in most of the Soviet Bloc countries due to their low price. They are famed as one of the strongest (if not the strongest in the world) cigarettes available in Eastern Europe. They were also pictured in many works of art and literature.

Belomorkanal is also used by cannabis users, "emptied cigarettes are then filled with a mixture of tobacco and marijuana" for smoking.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bachurin, Mikhail. "Курите папиросы!" (in Russian). PakkoGraff #6, 2008. pp. 58-61.
  2. ^ Dineeva, Nelly Rod (December 1999). "Adolescent Narcotism in Russia". Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems. 1 (2). p. 30. ISSN 1592-1638
  3. ^ V. Anastasia (2003). "Cannibis Culture: Russia". in Dana Larsen. Grow Like a Pro: The Marijuana Advantage. Oakland, Calif.: Quick American. p. 52. ISBN 0-932551-60-2

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