Journeyman Pipe Smoker Pastor Joda on Radio Show of March 28, 2023

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Smoking a Pipe Right Now
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Nov 16, 2008
St. Petersburg, FL
Our featured interview on tonight's Pipes Magazine Radio Show is with Pastor Joda. This is the fifth in our series of interviews with “Journeymen Pipe Smokers” – guys that have been smoking pipes between five and 10 years. Joda grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and knew several people working in the tobacco business. Before he became a pastor, he had a graphic design business that took on a job from Scandinavian Tobacco Group, which left some pipe tobacco in his office. It wouldn't be until years later that he would become a regular pipe smoker though. His pipe smoking journey will have you knowingly nodding, if not laughing a little. At the top of the show, Brian will report on his trip to Tennessee and The Muletown Pipe Show.

The show airs every Tuesday at 8:00pm eastern US time, and can be found at and all podcast apps.



Might Stick Around
Jan 4, 2023
Great show as always. Funny how I started listening to learn more about pipes but find myself looking forward to the music segment as well! Pastor Joda seems like a great fella. Funny how the pipe and being meditative go together. Last but not least, I appreciate your advice to the masses. I’ve started numbering my questions in an attempt to get them fully answered.
Happy Trails, Jon


Oct 16, 2011
Please excuse the long post.

Great show as usual. I do have to take exception with the advice on mold remediation in pipe tobacco.

If you see mold on the surface the tobacco the mycelia probably extend through much more of the tin unseen so you can’t reliably discard only the moldy parts. Also, microwaves are a type of non-ionizing radiation and only damage mold and spores by heating them to a high enough temperature for long enough. Long enough that the tobacco would likely be ruined. There’s also the possibility that the mold is a type that produces mycotoxins. If present these toxins are very unlikely to be denatured by a brief microwaving and modest temperatures.

Molds are everywhere and we have no practical way as hobbyists to identify the species on our tobacco and determine its risk to us. The most common mold on processed tobacco is Aspergillus Fumigatus. Over 30 other Aspergillus strains have been found in processed tobacco (Papavassiliou, et al, 1971). Some Aspergillus strains produce aflatoxins which can be fatal or produce long term damage when inhaled. If we don’t know what kind of mold we have we have no way to assess the risk.

A 1968 study done by scientists at the British American Tobacco Company (Wood, et al) determined that viable mold spores from contaminated tobacco enter the smoke stream in sufficient quantities to “...warrant some consideration of the role which micro-organisms may play with regard to smoke toxicity.” Theses studies were on cigarettes which are intentionally inhaled but we still unintentionally inhale some smoke even when smoking a pipe.

There are many who have reported brushing mold off of a blend and smoking it with no ill effects. Personally, I discard a moldy tin whether it smells or not. Life’s too short to smoke moldy tobacco. Tobacco is cheap and the risk, even if small, isn’t worth it to me.

We’re all adults and can make our own decisions but they should be informed decisions.
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Jan 7, 2020
It’s been fun to hear how guys started and grown in this hobby. Looking forward to hearing more of them!

Also, is there an episode where you and/or Kevin talk about the history of I was asking about this on the forum and it seems like many others were interested as well.