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Smoking a pipe vs cigarettes or cigars

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  1. titanicexplorer

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    I love smoking my pipe, and enjoy a good cigar.
    But I have NEVER liked cigarettes. They just taste disgusting to me.
    What struck me are some advantages smoking a pipe has over cigarettes:

    (1) A pipe bowl is a much tastier, lasts longer, and is sweeter smoke than a cigarette

    (2) Smoking a pipe is much cheaper than smoking cigarettes. I can make my pipe tobacco last quite awhile. The cost of a pack of cigarettes is insanely high

    (3)The lingering pipe smell can be nice- but reeking of cigarettes can be pretty nasty
    Pipe smoke smells much nicer than cigarette smoke

    No offense to cigarette smokers, but I think a good pipe stands head an shoulders over cigarettes. What do you think?

    A related debate might be what is better- a good pipe or a good cigar?
    THAT might be an even match

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    I love all forms of tobacco, but enjoy a pipe or cigar the most. Cigarettes give good nic fit in the morning. This past week I had a horrible stomach virus and pipe tobacco just made me queasy, I opted for cigarettes. Cigars are wonderful but hate finding a non windy day so it won't canoe. Just my view though.

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    Quit cigarettes when they hit half a buck a pack. That's quite some time ago. Don't miss them at all. On very rare occasions I enjoy a cigar.

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    I'm actually allergic to the chemicals they put in the cigarettes to made them flame retardant.....so it's cigars or pipes....

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    At this point I am still a cigarette smoker who enjoys pipes. I do agree with your assessment of the relative superiority of the pipe over the cigarette. For many of us, the cigarette is still our primary smoke due to habit/addiction/convenience.

    I have smoked pipes off and on for many years, but just in the past couple of years have I started smoking them more and cigarettes less. Eventually I hope to phase out the cigarettes entirely, but it can be very difficult. These stupid smoking bans actually make that harder because it is much easier to stand outside for 5 minutes smoking a cigarette than 45 minutes smoking a pipe.

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    I don't smoke for the nicotine or the chemical addiction to tobacco. I smoke because I like the process, the sensory enjoyment. Cigarettes provide no sensory enjoyment to me at all. Pipe and maybe the occasional deep dark maduro cigar for me.

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    Those are all good points you make, titanicexplorer. I still smoke a few cigs a day especially when I'm out and about. At home I prefer the pipe.

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    Pipetrucker, I was in the same situation as you.
    I just quit cigarettes two days ago, and it was amazingly easy.
    Started taking Chantix last monday, by friday I decided to try dropping the cigs. No Problem. Just stopped. Chantix is amazing, though it has its side effects.
    I believe its on DOT's banned substance list, so no driving while taking the stuff.
    Since I got out of a truck two weeks ago, and not getting back in one for at least a couple more weeks, no problem for me.
    MUCH happier just smoking pipes!

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    Used to partake in cigs, but after kicking them (kicking and screaming), a couple years ago I'll never go back to those little filter-tipped devils.

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    Never had a cigarette. Started with the pipe and included cigars a few years later. I'd say I have 3-4 cigars a day and 4 pipes a day. Too much time on my hands, I guess.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Lonestar; you're quite correct that Chantix is banned for commercial drivers due to the side effects. You may want to check to find out how long you have to be off of it before you are medically qualified to go back to driving.

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    I smoke a pipe exclusively.

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    I've been a cigarette smoker for almost 30 years. I'm kicking them now. I've gone from 2.5 packs a day to 2.5 days a pack. The pipe fills the need for the art of the smoke so much better than a cigarette. I'm averaging 4-5 bowls a day. From sweet and mellow to in your face bold, whatever the mood, just grab the appropriate jar.

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    Unfortunately I starting smoking retts before I took up the pipe. Yes they stink. But when you have the vitamin N monkey on your back for 30 years its not something easily put down. On the same note..as soon as the V.A. send me my nic patches.... I'm done with the retts.

    But I much prefer the flavor of a pipe. Just wish there was more time during the work day to enjoy a full bowl rather that just bits and peices.

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    This week will make it a month since I stopped smoking cigarettes. I'd just had it up my eyeballs with them and the things they were doing to my lungs. I'm sure there was a time when they had just as much flavour and enjoyment as a good cigar and the brand actually made a difference but now they're just terrible. I'm glad to be off of them and have smoking as a hobby instead of an addiction.

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    with the benzene, formaldahyde, acetone, Hydrogen cyanide, and all the other 492 chemicals in cigs...I've never smoked one as I can't stand the stench of them. Gives me an instant headache to be around them.

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    Cigs have one advantage: They are easy when you are on the go or don't have a lot of time and need a quick fix.

    However, I do enjoy my pipes a lot more.

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    I still smoke cigs at work and when i need a quick nic fix,it's hard to work in the masonry field with a pipe stuck in your mouth.Would i like to quit cigs yes someday when i'm ready to,being off till the work picks up i'm enjoying my pipes allday everyday.

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    For those who still smoke cigarettes, I cannot recommend rolling your own highly enough. There is only one brand to roll, Daughters & Ryan. Its the company of Mark Ryan (The guy who saved Perique tobacco).
    He wanted to make a cigarette like the old smokes, WWII style Lucky Strikes Camels and Pall Malls. 100% real tobacco, only flavors added.
    You will find the blends under Daughters and Ryan or 2 Daughters brand.
    Throw a bag of Two Timer Gold on your next tobacco order, and grab some Zen or Ramback filter tubes at your b&m. A top of the line Top-O-Matic injector will cost you about $30 and last a lifetime.
    So you have $60 invested in your first two cartons of (real) smokes, $30 a carton.
    Once you've got your injector, it will cost you $15 a carton, $1.50 a pack to roll better cigarettes than you've ever smoked, without 1,000 chemicals added to it.
    Not saying I want to keep smoking cigarettes, but if you're going to, why not smoke the best, for a fourth of the price ?

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    Pipes only, here. I've never really been interested in cigars or cigarettes, and right or wrong I believe that cigarettes are much harder on your health in general and lungs in particular.

    Cigarettes' popularity is definitely based on convenience and likely to stay that way, as society makes it harder and harder to smoke. No smoking in places of business, restaurants or pubs, so if you want to, you have to go outside. Here in Canada, that means pretty nasty conditions for 5-6 months of the year. Not conducive for enjoying a bowl for 30-40 minutes. Duck outside for five minutes of isolation, huddling against the cold or rain, and then hurry back inside.

    Simon

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    CG, that is my reasoning for giving up cigarettes.
    Even though I'm not smoking all of the garbage found in a Marlboro, I'm concerned over my lungs in the long run.
    What I've figured out is, it sucks to get old.
    And it sucks a lot more if you cant breathe!

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    I smoked cigarettes for 18 years and finally quit a few years ago by taking up the pipe. Now smoking cigarettes gives me a terrible headache. I do dip Copenhagen also. I really enjoy my pipes and the range of avalible tobaccos. In my opinion smoke or use what every tobacco product you like after all they are all somewhat tobacco.

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    What I've figured out is, it sucks to get old.

    Yeah, but it beats the hell out of the alternative.

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    Haha
    My Dad told me the other day (as he stood up, and took about 3 minutes to get completely straight) "Getting old ain't for wussies"

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    I smoked cigarettes from age 12-22, I am 24 now and only smoke my pipes. I still love a cuban now and again though.

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    I started smoking cigs when I was 16 and I am 31 now. Do I still smoke them? Yes. I have had many attempts to try and quit.
    I have found that injecting my own did cut me back quite a bit.
    Unfortunately with the tax on tobacco, the 10 oz can I was buying made a crazy jump from @ $25 to $60, and I can't find really anything that is comparable to that brand.

    Since I started smoking a pipe, which has been off and on in the last few years, I see that I smoke cigs alot less. In fact, I have noticed I smoke alot less in general. I find that Petersons Irish Flake certainly helps with the nicotene cravings lol.
    I am also enjoying the search of finding all these great pipe tobaccos, which is more of a hobby now than just getting the fix.

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    WL, Definitely check out the brands I mentioned.
    I don't want to encourage smoking cigarettes, but if you do, please smoke REAL tobacco!
    Two Timer is an old school double toasted burley, Two Timer Gold is double toasted burley with a bit of virginia ribbon mixed in.
    http://www.smoke-n-chew.com/product_info.php?products_id=43
    They also make the Rimboche series, which is a most excellent Perique cigarette blend.
    http://www.smoke-n-chew.com/product_info.php?products_id=83
    You can order them from other places too, I know P&C carries a lot of the blends.
    Trishas cafe is owned by Mark Ryans daughter, so I suppose you could see it as the "factory" outlet.

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    Nice. Thanks Lonestar.
    I def agree with you about smoking "REAL" tobacco, and buddy let me tell you that since I have swithced back to the cowboy killers my lungs sure feel it in the morning if I smoke to much.
    But again, since I picked the pipe back up, it really has helped cutting back.
    I'm really enjoying my flakes.

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    I haven't had a cigarette for a few months now, though I was usually bigger on Pipes and Cigars anyways.

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    Hi guys, good topic,i started smoking cigs when i was 12,and then on and off for yrs my dad smoked a pipe and cigars but the pipe always was the way i wanted to go and bought my first one when i was 22,smoke the pipe all the time now at 41 yrs of age only thing i find is when im having beer or two sometimes the pipe just does not give the kick i require but the wife rolls her own, and smokes cherry brandy handrolling tobacco,so end up having a few of them by the end of the night,but would never touch pre packed full of chemicals cigs

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    when im having beer or two sometimes the pipe just does not give the kick i require

    I have the same problem.

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    Titanic Explorer wrote

    I love smoking my pipe, and enjoy a good cigar.
    But I have NEVER liked cigarettes. They just taste disgusting to me.
    What struck me are some advantages smoking a pipe has over cigarettes:

    (1) A pipe bowl is a much tastier, lasts longer, and is sweeter smoke than a cigarette

    (2) Smoking a pipe is much cheaper than smoking cigarettes. I can make my pipe tobacco last quite awhile. The cost of a pack of cigarettes is insanely high

    (3)The lingering pipe smell can be nice- but reeking of cigarettes can be pretty nasty
    Pipe smoke smells much nicer than cigarette smoke

    No offense to cigarette smokers, but I think a good pipe stands head an shoulders over cigarettes. What do you think?

    A related debate might be what is better- a good pipe or a good cigar?
    THAT might be an even match

    Couldnt agree more with you sir! Before i enter the wonderfull world of pipe smoking i was smoking cigarettes. It is only now that i understand why pipe smoking is superior in every way to cigarettes. From the taste to the "healthier" tobacco that you smoke. The relaxation that you get by smoking it and the "ritual" to prepare your bowl light it smoke it and at the end clean it and polish it is trully wonderfull

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    I smoke roll ups and pipes, enjoy smoking a pipe alot since starting pipe smoking last year but finding it very hard to stop smoking roll ups and just smoke a pipe. At work and stuff i dont really have time to smoke a pipe so it has to be a quick roll up, would like to quit the roll ups tho.

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    Myself, I smoked cigs for years and I loved them! Back then, you could smoke 'em anywhere and everyone did. Later, it just got to be too much aggravation here in Florida after the "clean indoor air act", and to be honest, I wouldn't have given the pipe a second look if we still had the free and easy rules on the cigarettes. But then again, that second look is the ONLY thing I have to thank the "antis" for, and I thank them very much!

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    It is really tough to kick the cigarette habit. I would suggest you start by cutting waaaay back on the cigarettes.
    Try to wait as long as you can in the morning before having your first.
    Try to roll smaller cigarettes when you do smoke.
    Try to cut the # you smoke in half, and replace that other half of smoking with 2-3 pipes a day instead.
    After some time, you will stop feeling like you always need a cigarette.
    For me, thats the big difference between cigs and pipes.
    You smoke a cigarette because you need one, and a pipe because you want to.
    You might look into Chantix also.
    I had to stop taking it because of side effects, but just the small amount of time I took the pills made it super easy to cut back.
    I went from 40 cigs a day to 10 a day for the last month, and that was after taking Chantix just 4 days.

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    I switched to Nat Sherman. Their cigs are 100% tobacco. Taste alot better than those chemical-laden ones. Since smoking a pipe, I've managed to cut down to about 3 cigs a day, but I'm still having a hard time getting a nic fix from a pipe. Maybe i'm not keeping the smoke in my mouth long enough?

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    Charlie, you're not going to get the same nicotine hit from a pipe as from cigarettes. While some nicotine does get absorbed into the body through the membranes in the mouth from pipe smoking, it will not deliver the same amount as is absorbed through the lungs as with cigarettes.

    There are some pipe tobacco blends that do offer higher nicotine content than others. Search the forums and you will find a few threads that discuss stronger blends.

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    Another thing to keep in mind is; you may be getting a good nic hit from some of the stronger pipe blends, but since you are used to inhaling the smoke from cigarettes, you may not feel that you are (psychologically) because you are not inhaling the pipe smoke.

    This happens to me sometimes. I will smoke a bowl of strong tobacco and I know that I am feeling the effects of it, but my mind wants to smoke a cigarette for the inhaling habit. You just have to ignore it and try not to smoke a cigarette if that is what you choose to do.

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    I agree with everything that Bob said. And I strongly recommend that you try some of the more nicotine laden pipe tobaccos out there. Many of the Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth Virginia flakes make the room spin for me. SG 1792 comes to mind and GL Pease Haddos delight. Most Virgina/perique tobaccos have a strong nicotine content. Sg 1792 makes my mouth water and breaks me out in a sweat. Also Gawith and Hoggarth Dark Birdseye. I think thats a Gawith and Hoggarth blend. It too makes me weak in the knees.

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    Oh yeah...ROPES ! ! ! I have never tried them because I am not a fan of high nicotine content tobaccos, but, from what I understand, ropes are among the very strongest in nicotine content.

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