ZIG ZAG® Smoking Paper originates in France but has various distributors all around the world. Created in 1879 by two friends who then went on a few years later to build a factory outside of Paris in 1882. A couple of years later they invented the idea of interleaving smoking papers which subsequently led them to name the company Zig Zag after this process. The character you see on all ZIG ZAG Rolling Papers is a soldier named Zouave. During a battle in the 19th Century he broke his pipe and came up with the idea of using his gun powder pack, he tore off a piece of paper from the pack and rolled the first ever cigarette. Zig Zag is now considered one of the finest cigarette rolling papers in the world today.