Hi, Folks. I'm new here, but I started smoking cigarettes when I was 16. I'm 45, now.
Over the years, I've tried pipe smoking, but never was very serious about it.
About two years ago, I switched from Marlboro Lights to American Spirits. Then, about a year ago, I switched to American Spirit Organic Lights. (I ran out and decided to buy a pack of Marlboro Lights, and I couldn't even smoke ONE! They tasted HORRIBLE!!)
About a month ago, I bought a couple of cartons of American Spirit Organic Lights at Costco, and nearly choked from the price: Two cartons: $125.00 Good grief...
I had an old Dr. Grabow pipe knocking around, and a can of Captain Black white label. I also bought a can of Villiger Midday. I expected the Captain Black to taste bad, since it was easily over two years old. Nope: It was still just fine... Very mild, smooth, and a little sweet. Very nice. I have since bought a Peterson, a no-name brand made of pearwood, and I have a Marxman French/Algerian pipe, so I can circulate them.
What's interesting, is that when I've tried to quit cigarettes before, it's been torture. I've tried Zyban, Wellbutrin, Chantix, Nicorette Gum (which tastes like weasel turds...), hypnosis, cold turkey, etc. etc.
When I started smoking my pipe seriously, I dropped from nearly a pack a day, to about five cigarettes per day. A couple of days later, I was smoking three cigs per day. Two days later, I was down to two cigs left in the pack and considered buying another pack, but I decided to refrain. I smoked the last two cigarettes in the pack, and I've been free of cigarettes for the past 72 hours. (I know: Big deal...) But here's the cool thing: It's been effortless.
I have some tobaccos that are heavier duty: LEO, and Crown Achievement, as well as some of the other morning blends that have a lot of latakia, but I also enjoy Villiger's 1888 series. (I've heard rumors that the Mid-day is being discontinued...) I've also got some 7 Seas tobaccos, (Gold, Reg, and Dark), and those are nice, but not particularly superior to the Captain Black, as far as I can tell.
Anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself and offer my own experience with switching to a pipe from cigarettes... Good luck to anyone looking to make the switch.
Half man, half biscuit!