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Ethan

Can't Leave
Feb 15, 2021
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Massachusetts, USA
I smoke anywhere I can get away with it. One of the more public places in my town is a river walk where we will get out for an after dinner bit of time in the outdoors now and then. I get a few odd looks, but no one curious enough to strike up any conversation about my pipes.
 

Aug 9, 2013
29,204
52,399
Helena, Alabama
Where I go, my pipe goes. Walking, driving, etc... I love that it gives me the excuse when I escort my wife out shopping to just set outside and wait on her while I smoke. I meet lots of great people this way, because for some reason an old man smoking a pipe seems to be everyone's invitation to just down and spill their guts. Sometimes I don't mind, unless they start asking a bunch of questions, wanting me to respond while I am clenching. I usually just politely tell them that I am smoking and I'll listen, but I'd rather not take my pipe out. If that doesn't work, I'll just follow up by getting up and moving.

Worst is when someone wants to know how to get started smoking pipes. I have a set of cards with our pipe clubs info on it. I'll hand them one, but if they get all impatient demanding answers, I just tell them that obviously they don't have the patience to be a pipesmoker. Make them work for it... I will usually see them latter on at a meeting. I am certain that if this is made to be seen as just an easy hobby to get into with cheap supplies, that most wouldn't even bother. But, I digress...
 
Mar 2, 2021
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Alabama USA
I have no reason to smoke in public and am glad most public places do not allow. Covid has taught us that if you can smell it your breathing it. Keep you smoke to yourself. I remember smoking on planes and restaurants. While I love pipes and you all, keep your smoke to yourself....please.
 
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Aug 9, 2013
29,204
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Helena, Alabama
I don't smoke in public much but when I have I was always asked if I was smoking weed. When it was a cigar people tend to be more accepting and I don't get funny looks.
Interesting, most pipe smokers are usually the "I don't give a F" types. If I had to guess, in your 20's? As you get some self-confidence in your older age, you won't be worried about that shit any more.

Plus, women are far more attracted to that type also, over the self-conscious type. Things will come together for you. Confidence and not giving a F, is a natural aphrodisiac for them.
 

lawdawg

Lifer
Aug 25, 2016
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I don’t smoke all that much, and I’m a bit of a homebody, so I end up doing most of my smoking at home. On the occasion that I do smoke in public, I rarely have anyone say much to me about it. On the occasion anyone has commented, it’s been positive. Basically, I’ll smoke anywhere in public where its not prohibited.
 
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mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
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45,755
Too much stress with public pipe smoking, so I mostly skip it. Some people are on a crusade about it, and others are just quietly hostile, and a few are interested and want to talk about it. Pipe smoking is a relaxation, so I seek that atmosphere. Plus, I'd really hate to trigger some child's asthma attack; then I really would be unhappy.
 
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That Guy

Can't Leave
Aug 8, 2021
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Central Florida
Interesting, most pipe smokers are usually the "I don't give a F" types. If I had to guess, in your 20's? As you get some self-confidence in your older age, you won't be worried about that shit any more.

Plus, women are far more attracted to that type also, over the self-conscious type. Things will come together for you. Confidence and not giving a F, is a natural aphrodisiac for them.
Wish I was in my 20s lol I'm getting close to 40. I'm not worried about what others think most the time it's not practical for me to smoke in public unless I'm playing golf and then I smoke cigars. I work 2 sometimes 3 jobs and I enjoy my pipe at home in my shed. I don't have much free time so taking a walk in the park and enjoying my pipe won't be an option for probably another 20 years lol
 
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anotherbob

Lifer
Mar 30, 2019
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A few weeks ago I was cleaning the law building. Where the future law talking people learning their trade. Next door is a wonderful arboretum. I took my break there and was smoking my pipe. Specifically picked an aro because it's a popular spot. I thought I might get some flack. However I had a girl tell me I smell nice, which I hope she was talking about the pipe and not my overly sweaty self at that moment. I find it amusing because I've never had that wording before.