I'm looking at taking up pipe smoking in the next month or so. I've been really interested in it for about a year and have been watching all the youtube pipers which has been extremely helpful and enjoyable. I'm a 19 year old architecture student from Tasmania, Australia. Bear with me, it's a long post. Just the story of my journey to pipes and a question at the end.
Well I recently moved to a different city about 200km away for university so now I have the freedom to do what I want. I recently found out that (after my interest in pipes started) my grandfather had been an avid pipe smoker when my Dad was a kid but he gave it up at some point so I've never seen him smoked, only seen a few awesome pipes sitting unused on his shelf.
My Dad was a cigarette smoker for around 20 years and eventually gave it up when I was about 12, although I never knew he smoked because he didn't do it when I was around and never smelt of tobacco. I did notice the gum and patches though, but I never really realised what they were for. Once I got older he talked to me about it and how hard it was to quit and told me to never ever smoke.
Well I had a firm anti-smoking stance for years but over time that evolved and changed. Being around the occasional family relation that smoked cigarettes, I got used to the smell and started to like tobacco smoke, as much as cigs are gross. After a few years I thought about trying a cigarette just once to at least have had one once. Before this happened my father told me that he had once shared a cigar in celebration of my birth with a friend and that got me thinking about cigars so I did some reading. I really liked the idea of not inhaling and lack of addiction if you don't inhale.
Well I found out shortly after that a friend of mine had started smoking cigars so we took a trip to the local tobacconist and picked out the cheapest full sized cigar we could get. A La Paz Corona for $7, which just shows how ridiculously expensive tobacco is in Australia (most decent cigars are over $20). I loved it so much and decided I'd keep on with it. At a friend's birthday a few months later the same friend brought with him some gigantic Royal Jamaica cigars so we sat outside for almost two hours enjoying those and chatting. I also smoke cigarillos on and off, which I enjoy.
At this point I realised this was going to be far too expensive for me to enjoy regularly. I had a friend who's Dad smokes a pipe and so I talked to him about it. It was now I discovered pipes on youtube and my attention was captured.
Well now that I've moved out of home I've decided to finally get some pipes. They are so damn expensive here and so is the tobacco (on average about $50 for a 2oz tin), not to mention they are almost impossible to find in Australia, even online. I've decided to buy off the net from the US and decided on a Savenelli, Bjarne and Missouri Meerschaum. Since I've had some experience with cigars I've decided to go for more English tobacco like Samual Gawith's Squadron Leader and McClelland's Frog Morton.
I spend about half of the week in my home city and the other half studying away. I'd like to smoke at home but I'm not sure if I should tell my parents that I want to smoke a pipe. I know my Dad is a huge anti-tobacco guy now that he's quit and I think he would be extremely disappointed in me. Then again, he may see how I don't get addicted and limit my use due to the different habits. My parents cover all my living and studying expenses and I know they wouldn't stop that if I started smoking, but I don't really want to get 'in the bad books' so to speak. What advice do you guys have? I wouldn't be smoking indoors so it's not like I'd stink out their house. I'm sure they'll find out at some point anyway but is it worth telling them and asking if I can smoke at home? I'm sure they'll get over it quickly but I don't want to upset them or get them angry. I would describe our relationship as about as good as a parent-child relationship can be, we get on extremely well. Sometime my Dad seems like more of a friend than a father, until I step out of line that is
Any advice would be very appreciated. Once again, sorry for the long post.