The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 37

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We want to thank you for listening and being one of our loyal 15,000 weekly fans. Your host is Brian Levine and in tonight’s “Pipe Parts” segment he will talk about the differences between cigarette tobacco and pipe tobacco—there may be more differences than you think. Our featured guest is Dr. Fred Hanna. Fred has a PhD. and is a professor teaching graduate level courses on Counseling & Psychotherapy at the University of Northern Colorado. He is also author of the book, The Perfect Smoke and creator of two tobacco blends; Wilderness and Legends made by McClelland. Fred will be telling us some fascinating, and perhaps even astounding facts about nicotine.

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Fred Hanna Speaking at the 2012 Kansas City Pipe Show

UPDATE JUNE 19, 2013: Here are links with the nicotine references that many listeners asked for:


2. Heishman, S. J., Kleykamp, B. A., & Singleton, E. G. (2010). Meta- analysis of the acute effects of nicotine and smoking on human performance.
Psychopharmacology, July, pp. 453-469. Link

3. Jarvik, M. E. (1991). The beneficial effects of nicotine. British Journal of Addictions, 86, 571-575.Link










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15 Responses

  • Good comparison on the types of tobacco.
    Fred Hanna, excellent interviewee. I have heard him speak a number of times. He is an excellent speaker. I did hear the Vitamin N talk in Chicago. Fred makes a good point and supports his assertion. His book is a great read and it will be a plus to the hobby for it to come out in an electronic format.
    Great news about Capstan and 3 Nuns coming back.
    I hope you had hearing protection at the races…
    Great show, you need to bring Fred back.

  • Yes this was a good show. Thanks to all invloved for making it happen. I agree More Fred!

  • Great show! I’m looking forward to the book coming out on Kindle. Amazon has a free program so that anyone one with a computer can read a Kindle book, so you don’t need to own a Kindle Tablet to read it.

  • Probably one of the most informative shows to date. I’ve heard cigar podcasts talk in depth about how they grow, cure and process cigar tobacco but I have never heard any discussions specifically about pipe tobacco. I’m sure it is very similar but if there are more details about the processing of different types of pipe tobaccos I’d like to hear about that as well.
    The Fred Hanna interview was great, very interesting. This guy has a lot of passion. Again, I’ve never heard anyone on any podcast (or anywhere for that matter) go into as much detail about nicotine as he did. The one thing that wasn’t mentioned was the difference in nicotine delivery between cigarettes, pipes and cigars. I’m assuming far more nicotine is delivered via cigarettes so how does that affect the usefulness of the positive effects of nicotine to the receptors in the brain? It seems to me that someone with early Alzheimer’s would get far more benefits from smoking cigarettes as opposed to pipes and cigars but I wouldn’t want to start inhaling my pipe or start smoking cigarettes. Does Fred have any information on the amounts of nicotine delivered by each and their individual effects? If so, maybe he could share a few comments about that here?

  • That was a fun show. I will try to get Fred on again as soon as possible. I did however, jump the gun on Starbucks. It is true that as of tomorrow all Starbucks locations will enact a 25′ smoking ban. This does include the outside seating area. Just one more company falling to the pressures of the Antis. Luckily for me I still have other options in my area.

  • Definitely excited to hear that Dr. Hanna’s book is being reissued in Kindle format – will be anxiously awaiting publication data!

  • What an outstanding interview! If ever a guest should be called back for a follow up … Fred’s book also touches upon the beneficial aspects of nicotine to brain chemistry. Is it any wonder really that so many (most?) of the greatest minds of the 20th Century were ardent pipe smokers? And that so many lived long lucid lives. Tobacco indeed was the greatest gift from the New World to the Old. I’d even go so far as to say that the greatest strides in human endeavor over the last half millennia, from the conquest of the seas to NASA’s landing on the moon, were the direct result of tobacco’s influence on the human brain.

  • This was the best show yet! Seems like a conspiracy, doesn’t it? Nicotine, the wonder drug that everyone can access! Makes me wonder who the anti’s are actually working for now. Thanks so much for the enlightenment. I, too, am looking forward to reading Dr. Hanna’s book.

  • Brian my wife has a brain injury that ahas left her with serious impairments, I would love to find out more on the studies that Fred talked about. This is the type of study I’d love to shove in her doctor’s faces to see if they’re willing to listen. If you could pm me details I’d be grateful.

  • Listened to Fred and Brian and really liked the show. Brian has some good humor and Fred is well informed and they kept me entertained why i wrote that short note to you the other day!!!!!
    Carl S.

  • As so many have said before me, each episode gets better and I look forward to the next with great anticipation. This week was a treat as I have traveled enough to have missed the last three episodes and so this week listened to a different episode each day. Now it’s Wednesday and I look forward to a new episode tomorrow!
    The interview with GL Pease introduced me to a new favorite tobacco – Key Largo for which I must say THANK YOU! Also, the interview with Fred brought up some interesting conversation at home and I too would like to read the actual studies on benefits of nicotine that he referenced. Can you post them?
    Keep the Makers Mark close, the pipe lit and the super podcasts coming!

  • Almost forgot my suggestion – why not have one of your estemed pipe carving guests create a “Podcast Only” pipe series that would only be available to your listeners?

  • Look just above the comments section for an update with several links to the nicotine references in Fred’s interview.