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saltedplug

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Aug 20, 2013
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I’ve smoked pipes off and on for about 49 years. I smoke outdoors only for several reasons, including limiting the amount inhaled, which isn’t possible smoking indoors.
I’d have to say I’m a heavy smoker, at 3 to 4 bowls a day, on average.
Just had my yearly physical, and while I have a couple of issues, my results are generally excellent and my lungs are clear.
Smoking is not a healthy habit and I accept that.
Smoking will play merry hell with your gums, so be proactive with mouth care.
Not a criticism, but I'm surprised you smoke that much. A disciplined sort such as yourself would be a bowl or two a week man. But then again maybe you allocated that discipline into the pipes and blends you smoke, and the way you smoke them.
 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Not a criticism, but I'm surprised you smoke that much. A disciplined sort such as yourself would be a bowl or two a week man. But then again maybe you allocated that discipline into the pipes and blends you smoke, and the way you smoke them.
I used to smoke 8 bowls a day. It varies. Some days I smoke 1 bowl a day, some days none.
I’m not sure that there is a direct correlation between being disciplined and bowl count. I am strictly an outdoor smoker. If there isn’t an outdoor option I don’t smoke, with the exception of pipe shows.
 

mtwaller

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Nov 21, 2018
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Atlanta, GA
I have no known health problems from tobacco, and I’ve used it nonstop since I was 14. Granted, I’m only 32. So KNOCK ON WOOD. I think that pipe smoking will be way more unforgiving on your teeth than it will your lungs. I happen to use chewing tobacco quite a bit the last few years, when I don’t feel like having a pipe. If anything is going to bite my ass, I think it’s going to be losing a tooth before losing a lung.
 

kylef

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Oct 17, 2018
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Cape Ann, MA USA
Let's see, 53, 5'7", 178. Pretty physically active with walking, hiking, biking and martial arts, although I could probably lose 10 lbs.

Been smoking a pipe probably 5-6 years now. Never smoked anything before that. I don't inhale, and I smoke 1-2 pipes a week. As I looked into the health risks before I took up the pipe, I believe that my light pipe smoking habits bring with them a statistically tiny increased health risk.

The TAD, as mentioned, is another issue! At the rate I smoke, I probably have enough tobacco now in jars to last me until about age 127.
 

Bax Burley

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Jul 20, 2021
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42 years old. 6'1, 210. Started at 18 to kick cigarettes, which I did on and off from about 13 to 25ish. Used to do cigars, too. It didn't work because I only piped until about 20. Only started heavily smoking pipes again about 2.5 years ago when I got married and wife gave me the okay.

I smoke several bowls a day, could be 4-6, sometimes more, sometimes less. I NEVER inhale...if I accidentally inhale, I instantly have a choke/sneeze reaction. It's been so long since I was a cigarette smoker that my lungs don't remember inhaling, and don't want it. Also, I generally smoke mild blends. I can handle the stronger stuff, but generally just don't like it.

As for health problems, I did have some issues in the last year and a half, but that was A.) COVID, twice, and possibly even pneumonia the second time, and B.) I am allergic to cats, and live with two of them (I love them too much), and terrible pollen allergies. Some days I wheeze and have breathing issues, but there are several other environmental factors.

Some times I wonder if I'm smoking too much, but I know some folks do it way more with no ill effects. The relaxation it has for me outweighs the negatives, at least at this stage in my life. If I smoke indoors, it's with a wide up window and a fan, and we have an air purifier.

For those who only smoke one bowl a week or so, I don't think you have anything to worry about.
 

Cheach80

Junior Member
Jan 4, 2020
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Alberta, Canada
Let's see, 53, 5'7", 178. Pretty physically active with walking, hiking, biking and martial arts, although I could probably lose 10 lbs.

Been smoking a pipe probably 5-6 years now. Never smoked anything before that. I don't inhale, and I smoke 1-2 pipes a week. As I looked into the health risks before I took up the pipe, I believe that my light pipe smoking habits bring with them a statistically tiny increased health risk.

The TAD, as mentioned, is another issue! At the rate I smoke, I probably have enough tobacco now in jars to last me until about age 127.
Right! I wish I had more time to have a bowl. I’ve got numerous blends I haven’t even tried yet due to time constraints yet I keep buying a ounce here and a tin there thinking “Oh! That looks good! I better try some!”
 
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Corcoran-Rooney

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6.5' 224lbs, 44 years old. No known heath problems, swim and/or lift weights every second day. Smoke one bowl a day, at the moment (I could smoke a hell of a lot more). I used to smoke five or so cigarrettes a day, and I could feel that it had an impact on my physical fitness. Now I no longer inhale any smoke, I find that when I swim I can go further for longer. That said, I feel that if I quit smoking entirely, I would further improve. But fuck it, I enjoy it too much at the moment, and for now I am satisfied to have kicked the coffin nails.
 

virginialover

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Mar 29, 2016
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In my 50's still training and watching my diet. Average of 50 cigars and less than a pound of pipe tobacco a year, not inhaling of course. Never smoked cigarettes or chewed tobacco and keeping my alcohol and sugar intake minimal. I' m an outdoor smoker also.
 

kg.legat0

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Sep 6, 2019
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Southwestern PA
Late 30's. I smoke my pipe often but not 'all day' (or not all day, every day haha). I have some serious health issues that cropped up well before my 3years of smoking a pipe...most stem around high blood pressure/heart stuff. Smoking a pipe doesn't seem to have an effect -laying off white flour, sugar, getting exercise, getting sleep, taking my meds (!!!) and maintaining a low stress level sure seem to, though. I take my BP all the time. I told my cardiologist I like to smoke a pipe ...he rolled his eyes a bit and moved on. Mouthwise -if my mouth feels beat up, I take a break...smoking slow/cool pretty much takes this out of the equation totally. ...still, I am not pretending pipe smoking is healthy...it just doesn't seem to be much of a cause for concern for me at this point.
 

Mr.Mike

Preferred Member
Nov 11, 2019
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Pennsylvania
5'6" 135 pounds
Very active, work out 3 days a week, have outdoor hobbies
1-3 bowls a day
Piping 10 years
32 years old
No cigarettes ever

I have noticed no negative health effects. My lung capacity is great, no phlem or coughing when I wake up, no problems with teeth or gums. There is a small noticable "notch" worn into my bicuspid where I clench.