The author makes the same argument I've been making, "smoking is solely personal, selfish choice I've made to smoke." Then tries, fruitlessly< to make a case for smoking in public places, never addressing the the complaints of workers who, for economics reasons (wages) forced to work in clouds of noxious smoke. I don't smoke among others, as a rule. Such is simply good manners and a concern for others. Alone, in a blind or, kneeling behind a camera, the only person for miles, I'll freely smoke is appropriate. To smoke In another's vehicle, should the want arise, I'll solicit permission and be perfectly happy should it be denied.
"Unlike the cigarette, one cannot hurry a pipe or a cigar without lightheadedness (sic), tongue bite quickly revealing the folly of haste."
He passes over nicotine with one mention of one of the possible affects of the drug, feeling lightheaded. And, certainly one can hurry without "bite" if the blend is selected for the exertion and one pays some attention to the increased rate of intake.
To me, the entire article is simply self-serving twaddle. He likes to smoke, I like to smoke, you like to smoke so, society should simply suck it up allow the reek to be pervasive because some smokers are "better" than other smokers through their choice of nicotine delivery systems.
And, I certainly wouldn't want to try and enjoy fine dining out any where someone is smoking. In days of yore, I always selected "non-smoking", given the choice. The author's willingness to push his smoke on others in public is simply anti-social behavior. No, he'll need to do better, much better in his opinion writing. Forcing my wee vice on others, the smoke and smell, because I want to smoke ... is simply wrong. It's why people asked for permission, even at the beginning of tobacco use, centuries back, smoked only in clubs (usually special rooms), on their farms, and such. They went to the (In my opinion) trouble of donning "smoking jackets and hats to moderate the reek. But, now we, sadly, are in the age of "It's all about me and my wants."