I started with cigarettes at 15 and smoked my first pipe and cigars that same year. I've been off the cigarettes close to twenty years and I have no regrets about quitting. One of the best things I ever did for myself.
I started at 15 with cigarettes and some machine made cigars, swishers and white owls, then moved to cigars by 17 and by 18 I started smoking a pipe. Now I've almost go two years under my belt with a pipe.
Cigarettes between 18 and 19 gave em up for a while and then picked them up about a year ago. I've been on the pipe for a few months now and haven't had a cigarette since and I plan on keeping it that way. I'm 24 now, by the way.
My first experience with tobacco was when I was 8 years old! My uncle gave me some Skoal wintergreen snuff and I puked for an hour! He also gave my cousin some the same day, he was 6! When I was about 10 he would bring me and my cousin cans of Skoal Bandits every now and then. I've been using some kind of tobacco ever since. I'm now 30.
about a decade ago, at 15. skoal vanilla (blech!). I've been on and off chewing tobacco since then. Been on for awhile now.
1st pipe at 20. didn't really know what I was doing until just over a year ago. Thankfully, this website has really opened my eyes. No more tongue bite, barely any re-lights, no more overly moist tobacco, started appreciating and enjoying non-aromatics, learned different ways to prepare flakes, trying match lights, tamping properly, packing properly. The list goes on and on.
And it's all thanks to you, my brothers of the briar (and cob, and clay)! Thank you so much for all your help, insight, and wisdom.