Cut Rag tobacco is also called Rolling Tobacco, Shag or Loose Leaf. , . The name "Cut Rag" comes from the appearance of the tobacco.
The part of the tobacco plant you smoke depends on how you smoke it. The main part of the plant that can be smoked is the leaves, but manufacturers also use the stems and the fallen fruit in tobacco blends. Each part of the plant is graded on a standardised quality scale to determine the price.
Cut Rag tobacco blends come in finely cut strands that resemble the cut strips of a cloth flap. Cut Rag tobacco also includes various other cuts such as Crumble, Ribbon Cut and Flake tobacco.
The most common packaging for the commercial sale of cut tobacco is a pouch. However, it also comes in larger pouches and tins. The processing of the tobacco into cut rag is where it gets its unique properties.