In Your Personal Opinion, is Inhaling Wrong or Acceptable?

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mrmachado

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Oct 17, 2018
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There's a thread about inhaling, but I'd like to know the reasons of each one.
I do inhale (only until my throat gets hot) because it's a habit I acquired as an ex-cigarette smoker and it feels more intense to me than just puffing. So I see no reason not to inhale.
What about you? Do you consider it wrong or OK, and why?

 

olkofri

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Sep 9, 2017
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It can have harmful effects. For starters, the lungs and bronchi weren't designed to be constantly dealing with smoke and its components (whether they be carcinogens or not). The human body has tolerances that allow for contingencies, such as inhaling smokey air when there are forest fires, but contingency is a far cry from habitual.
Smoke tends to kill the cilia coating the inner airways, which are responsible for pushing impurities and foreign matter out of the airways. Yet another reason not to inhale it.
Also, pipe tobacco has more nicotine than cigarette's, and it can be harsher as well. Whilst cigarette smokers might have built a strong resistance to nicotine, the harshness remains. So, better not to draw it into your lungs.
The ghost of cancer remains, but I won't go there.

 

hoosierpipeguy

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Jan 28, 2018
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With a pipe, I consider it a bit silly. I am a reformed cigarette and cigar smoker. I did inhale a quite a bit of the cigars i smoked. With a pipe, I haven't seen any advantage and find it more enjoyable to pull the smoke through my nose via snork or whatever they call it.

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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I see absolutely no reason to inhale. It adds nothing to the flavour or the enjoyment of the tobacco. I never got the appeal of a 'lung full' or that 'full chest feeling'.

 

mrmachado

Senior Member
Oct 17, 2018
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When I think it's too intense, I stop inhaling for a while and just puff.
The interleaving is good for me.
I like the throat burning feeling, not the full lung feeling actually.
When I used to smoke cigarettes, I inhaled "into the throat" a lot so I use to do the same thing.

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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If you are in process of quitting cigarettes, it is normal to crave that lung hit feeling. I had quit cigarettes on and off for quite a while when I converted to pipes. And, yes, I would slip up and get a lung hit while smoking my pipe early on. But, as a practice, IMO, it takes away a lot of the pleasure of getting the nicotine through the small blood vessels of your mouth and sinuses. It takes away a lot of the flavors, and can hurt you physically in many ways in the long run. But, I am not about to get all preachy. I just don't inhale now. Sure, I may be passively breathing my own smoke in the room, but I am not actively trying to inhale. But, do what you must...
A lot of our members never had a cigarette addiction. They may smoke their pipe a few times a week, so it is hard for everyone on this forum to understand each other's way of doing things.
All I will say is that if you are doing this as a way to ween off of the cigs, then, yeh, that will work for a short time. Maybe just try to find enjoyment of savoring the tobacco. But, if you are inhaling just because that's your thing, then, have at it. But, keep in mind that it is not a common practice, nor is it orthodox. But, not everyone cares about that stuff, ha ha.

 

workman

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Jan 5, 2018
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I am used to cigarettes. Pipe tobacco, even mild blends, is a lot harder on the throat and lungs than cigarettes when inhaled. I simply can't do it. And I find it very unpleasant when I do it accidentally. For the record I do smoke a few cigarettes now and then, so I'm no stranger to inhaling smoke. Do I consider it wrong? Well, no. I just find it unpleasant.

 

davem

Junior Member
Oct 21, 2018
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South Carolina
I personally don't purposefully inhale when smoking a pipe. It's certainly not my place to tell anyone else it's wrong though!
I came back to the pipe for pleasure and relaxation, Swedish snus is my nicotine delivery method of choice :)
Dave

 

mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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I should add that my opinion is only my own, you can do as you please obviously. I never came from the world of cigarettes, so its true that inhaling pipe smoke is alien to me.
To each their own!

 

woodsroad

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Oct 10, 2013
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My opinion doesn't enter into it. It's your choice.

The vast majority of pipe smokers, however, do not inhale.

 

bluto

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Aug 24, 2018
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I have yet to inhale anything I have ever smoked , would much rather puff and enjoy
I know cigarette smokers seem to inhale , but I never understood it .
Cigars are probably a mixed lot , pipes I think is about puffing .

 

npod

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Jun 11, 2017
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Wrong to inhale pipe smoke “on purpose”. We all do it passively to some degree by the nature of the act itself. But avoid intentional inhaling please, your lungs will thank you.

 

onestrangeone

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Sep 18, 2015
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I don’t consider it right or wrong, it’s a choice. I smoked cigs for 30 years before giving em up 10 years ago. I don’t inhale my pipe or cigar smoke intentionally, I feel that I get much better flavors by not so when someone newer than me asks if they should, I recommend they don’t.

 

haparnold

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Aug 9, 2018
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As a historical aside, it is very clear that the original European pipe smokers (and their American antecedents) inhaled the smoke from their pipes. What I have never seen elucidated is when the bulk of pipe and cigar smokers switched to puffing. I'm a puffer myself, and have never intentionally inhaled tobacco into my lungs in any form. But all should be free to do what they want.

 

krizzose

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Feb 13, 2013
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Michigan
As a former cigarette smoker, it’s definitely wrong for me. As much as I loved them, I didn’t like the idea of an early death so I quit almost exactly 20 years and 6 months ago.

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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I don't think it's wrong, just a very bad idea. I dn't even smoke indoors, since that increases the amount one is inhaling, besides the stale tobacco smell. In the end, they're your lungs. Do what you want with them.

 

saltedplug

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Jul 24, 2016
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I smoked in the bathroom with the door closed for the final 18 months, to protect my cat's respiration. She was wheezing. I'm sure second-hand smoke hurried my quitting. I never thought about the effect of second-hand smoke on me.

 
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