- Oct 29, 2022
I’m a relatively new pipe smoker (approaching 1 full year) and have noticed lately that I have been really short of breath, like I can’t get a full breath. This has been going on for probably a month now which is strange because I’m really quite fit and have never had any lung issues before (not to toot my own horn). I don’t inhale, I only retrohale. I’ve been smoking primarily Virginia (some VaPer) and English blends lately and have found that usually a couple of hours later begin to feel tight in the chest like I can’t fully inhale and when I exhale, it feels like someone is squeezing the air out of my lungs. Additionally, usually get a crazy itchy throat about an hour after smoking. I’ll usually smoke in the morning before work or at night before bed or sometimes both. Do you think this tightness of breath has to do with tobacco? Anyone else experience this and have workarounds? I absolutely adore this hobby and is one of the few things that keeps me going in life so I really don’t want to give it up.