The 10 Best Cigarette Cases
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Smoking is a pretty unattractive and unhealthy habit, but there's no reason to make it even worse by carrying around an ugly cardboard box. Instead, get yourself one of these handy cigarette cases, which will give you a place to store your sticks while also providing a little flair. Coming in various materials, including crush-resistant steel, they'll help protect them as well. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
November 27, 2020:
For this update we decided to replace a few options in order to provide users with more variety. For instance, the Leather Boss Pouch was previously our only entry that held an entire pack with the box included, so we decided to add the Somgem Case and Lorwing Module in order to provide some more choices in this category. The advantage of this design compared to clamshell models is its super easy reloading process. One can simply pull out the old box and replace it with a new one rather than handling each cigarette individually, which saves you time and reduces the possibility of you accidentally dropping smokes. They prevent crushing just as well as most other cases, and the rugged Somgem Case is particularly well suited to use while hiking or camping due to its water resistance.
While many options on the market come with built-in electric lighters, most of them utilize a heated-coil design that has been largely supplanted by dual-arc plasma lighters over the past several years. Though it is functional the heated-coil type requires you to touch your cigarette directly to the case, a design flaw which often leads the coil and the surrounding area to be caked in ash relatively quickly. The dual-arc plasma variety has less of a problem with this, and is also generally considered to have a superior cool factor. For this reason we decided to add the Kywa Automatic, as it is one of the few models to feature this newer lighter design. Additionally it has an auto-ejection function that some might enjoy, however it is important to note that users have reported the mechanism is more reliable when only 16 to 18 cigarettes are loaded, which is a definite downside for some.
November 06, 2019:
We added the Honb Aluminum Wallet in place of the Groupcow Extra Slim. Both models are quite similar, but the Honb version is just a few millimeters thicker and provides RFID protection for times when you may want to use it to hold credit cards while travelling. This makes the case useful even if you decide to quit smoking one day.
We replaced the Focus Automatic because the cigarette-ejecting function wasn't reliable, plus it stored a lighter, but the Kakaka Slim we added actually has an integrated lighter that doesn't need any fuel or gas to function, and the top simply pops open so you don't have to worry about anything malfunctioning.
Hansaware Dresden The Hansaware metalware factory is one the last of its kind to produce stamped metal cases that recall the techniques of a different era. In fact, each design is struck from the original dies of the 1920's or 30's. Since many smokers are at least intending to quit, it might not make sense to invest in a piece like this, unless you're looking for a beautiful alternative to a wallet. The elastic bands inside won't crush your cigarettes like hinged clips might, but they also won't keep your credit cards in place and will eventually get stretched out. hansaware.com