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Do You Smoke Through Your Cold/Flu?

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  1. piperl12

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    Normally I smoke through a common cold but this one this year has really hit me hard. Really bad chest cough and achy with a sore throat. Coming here makes it worse because I get tempted hearing everyone talking about their amazing smokes and new tobacco. So the question is do you smoke through your cold or do you take a break for a week?

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    I can't remember the last time I caught a cold or flu -- maybe 5 years ago or longer.

    Anyway, when I do get a bad cold, I don't smoke. Luckily I'm not addicted to nicotine and smoking when I'm sick like that irritates everything and makes me feel worse.

    Same deal visiting some relatives and friends who don't want smoking in their house; I could go outside I suppose, but going out there alone and freezing my buns off in the winter isn't why I'm visiting them, nor is it any fun. If I won't enjoy it, I don't do it.

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  3. petergunn

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    no, I smoke for enjoyment and I got the flu in Feb it took almost a month before I was ready to puff again.

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  4. cajunguy

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    Usually when I catch a cold, it hits my sinuses and screws with my taste as a result, so I usually spare my tobacco until the cold is done so I can enjoy it.

    "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." - Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap
    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. swhipple

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    Yeah I don't enjoy the pipe when I'm feeling icky. I occasionally take a break even when I'm not sick, just to give my tongue a break.

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  6. 4dotsasieni

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    Gee, I heard that smoking lots of perique makes you immune to colds and flus.....

    "Thus shall you view these fleeting worlds: As bubbles in the stream;
    A lightning flash, a puff of smoke, a phantom, and a pipe dream."
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    I lay off the when I get a cold. Smoking isn't enjoyable then.

    I don't have a cold, but I've been experiencing some soreness deep in my throat the last few days.
    I've been smoking Virginias and Vapers this last week. I'm not sure if they are the cause, so I'll lay off smoking for a few days and see what happens when I start again.

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    No pipe for me when sick. I don't usually crave it when sick anyway.

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    Well, being that I stayed home from work today with a flu bug, and having the flue last month; the answer is no. I smoke for the enjoyment and flavor, and if I have a cold/cough or the flu then there is no enjoyment nor will I be tasting the tobacco so I just wait until the illness passes.

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    Noooooooo, on the rare occasion I get a cough or sniffle, all smoking ceases immediately until it's completely gone. I get zero pleasure out of a pipe when I'm sick.

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  11. puffy

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    I can't smoke when I have a bug.The last time it lasted for three weeks.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. matchstickman

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    You can add me to the long list of others who get no enjoyment out of smoking when I am sick. I have gotten a small bug twice since I started smoking a pipe seriously a couple of years ago, the last one being a few days ago. My sinuses and throat were all off and I could hardly smell or taste anything, so there was no puffing for me for about a week. I dont find that I am nicotine addicted, so its not really all that hard for me, and like some have stated above, I normally dont feel like it if I am sick anyway.

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    I don't smoke when I'm sick, but I tend to crave a pipe really bad when I'm sick. The longer I'm sick, the harder I crave a pipe. Go figure!

    "So it goes." - K.V.
    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. jah76

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    Same I don't smoke when I'm sick, however if I'm a bit stuffed up a few snorks of a VaPer actually seem to help wake up the nose.

    But yeah if I'm sick I can't taste anything and that's 95% of enjoyment for me.

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    I don't smoke when ill and feeling bad, but I had bronchitis a couple of time. I didn't
    feel all that bad so lit-up. Worst mistake I ever made! Even though most of us don't
    inhale, you do get a dose inadvertently, just by the process of breathing.

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    If it's just a mild cold, I find that a good strong English can help clear up the sinuses. If my throat's bothering me, or it's really a flu and I just feel terrible in general, I won't touch tobacco. I'll still smoke with a common cold though, depending on how I'm feeling and if I can smoke inside.

    "I don't want any of your statistics; I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it." -Mark Twain
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  17. mso489

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    Nope. I have a cock-eyed notion that pipe smoking gives the bugs a hard life
    and acts as a preventative, but once I have a cough or cold, etc., I put my energies
    into getting well. My taste and smell functions are bad when I'm sick. No use in
    wasting good 'baccy on mucus bound passages. What's the point?

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    Twarp, I'm just now getting over bronchitis and that's exactly what I did when I first was having it. I didn't feel too bad and then took a hit. Man, definitely worse mistake I've ever done.

    Though, now I'm feeling fine so a smoke now and then is definitely wonderful. No hacking up a lung.

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    I've had a low grade bug the last few days. Just a little coughing etc. and I've smoking more not less. Probably because I'm resting instead of doing little jobs to occupy my day.

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    My last cold left me with no appetite to smoke for almost two weeks.

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    I don't smoke when I get a cold or a flu. I smoke for the enjoyment and flavor. However, I had a small sore throat recently and I went and had a smoke and my sore throat cleared up. Made me wonder

    “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
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  22. numbersix

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    Even though most of us don't
    inhale, you do get a dose inadvertently, just by the process of breathing.

    +1

    A mild cold won't stop me usually, but the flu - never.

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  23. olewaylon

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    I will smoke a lot less but still find enjoyment in smoking with a cold. I might crank up the baccy with a 1792 flake where a little goes a long way.

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  24. spyder71

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    Must have my Nic, cold flu or otherwise.

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  25. guerillapiper

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    I take a break if it's a head cold/flu. If you can't smell it or taste it, what's the point?

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  26. tslex

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    I got whacked pretty strong with the flu early in the year. Went 30 days without a pipe.

    As noted, it's not that I inhale, but you I couldn't smell or taste anything, didn't really need the incidental smoke and would not have wanted ANY nicotine.

    It was interesting because I never had any craving or anything like a nail smoker would get. But I missed it for the ritual and the quiet time and was very happy to get back to it. I'm a bowl-a-day except on the weekends, so that's for context.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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