Take it easy. You're getting very defensive over a totally reasonable post.Oh, so you'd rather listen to old wives tales than a study based on facts?
"due to the meditative effects " Close but no cigar.
The U.S. Surgeon Generals report also found that pipe smokers who do not inhale, have a life expectancy three years beyond that of a non-smoker. [But what the hell does that guy know, right? ]
That I suspect is due to the meditative benefits and the fact that a fair proportion of pipe smokers who don't inhale tend to smoke one or two bowls daily.
It should be obvious that the main thing that explains the mortality rate differences between pipe and cigarette smokers is the staggering amount of chemicals that are added to cigarettes that aren't added to pipe tobacco.
But hey, it's a free world to ignore facts and make shit up to fit your imagination and cognitive dissonance I guess.
Make your old granny and her spinster friends proud. They're never wrong, right?
The thing about the meditative effects is not something I just made up. Although if it were it would still be totally reasonable to speculate upon it. From memory, it's actually exactly what the paper you are are referring to hypothesized!
Second, what I said was totally reasonable and accurate. Cherry-picking one scientific paper, let alone one single scientist, because you like what they're saying and then getting super defensive about is just not how science works I'm sorry. A consensus needs to be established through peer review. That is The Scientific Method. In this case, that simply has not been done.
That's not to say it's not true. It might be true. But it also might not be true. And personally, until there is more evidence and research done on this subject, I will remain extremely sceptical that inhaling burning smoke into ones lungs on a regular basis is harmless. It just does not make sense. And it's wishful-thinking to believe that cigarettes are only harmful because they contain "chemicals". Everything contains chemicals. The world is made of chemicals. Even fire-fighters have hugely increased risk of chronic lung disease, even the ones who spend most of their career fighting forest fires in Australia.
It seems that inhaling smoke is just not good for your lungs. This shouldn't be shocking or controversial.