Why Don’t People Smoke Pipes Any More?!

One recently ‘converted’ US cigar smoker’s amusing view on the world of pipe smoking… With thanks to Cigars.com.




First off, I need to clearly state my love for pipe smoking. There, I said it. And in the past, I have exhaustively explained how this and cigar smoking have become tied as my number-one hobby. But one area I have never covered is why this hobby is on such a steady decline. I have read numerous articles stating that pipe smoking is going through a renaissance and, yet, while trolling around my dull life with pipe in mouth, I often feel like I am the only pipe smoker on earth. Even in certain tobacco shops that deal primarily with cigars, I am often approached with a surprised, “Hey, you’re a pipe smoker?” Of course, if you go to a genuine pipe shop or a pipe show, you can always find the survivors of this great hobby, and I have found other brothers of the briar in my travels. But, quite honestly, they are few and far between.

So, what happened to all my fellow pipe smokers? Hoping to get to the bottom of this mystery, I spent a grueling 10 minutes of research and followed that up with my own expert theories as to why pipe smoking has fallen from its once enormously popular stature.

Pipe smoking is an art that requires thought and dedication; the rituals of loading your pipe, then lighting and tamping to produce a wonderful smoke, take patience and practice. In time, as you become accustomed to your new briar friend, you develop your own rites of preparation and puffing to achieve full smoking enjoyment.

Okay, I confess: I tried to make that last paragraph sound enticing but I really think it’s all BS. Actually, after you get accustomed to a piece of briar sticking out of your mouth all day, it becomes quite simple and doesn’t really take much thought at all. Just grab a handful of your favorite tobacco, stuff it in your bowl, fire it up, and grab the TV remote or take a leisurely walk in the park with your pet Yorkie, Boo-Boo. And, of course, you will probably be the only one in the vicinity puffing on a pipe.


douglas macarthur


Years ago, dads smoked pipes, uncles smoked pipes, movie stars smoked pipes, even General Douglas MacArthur upon his return to the Philippines to reclaim the island for America, smoked a pipe (we’ve all seen the famous photograph of him schlepping through the water with a humongous corncob pipe sticking out of his mouth, right?). Yet, recently, I was at a red light and noticed the people in the next car staring at me like I had a fork sticking out of my head (oops, forget that part; I just remembered that, on that particular evening, I had attended a Halloween party dressed as a Greek salad and I did have a fork sticking out of my head). Anyway, you get the idea.

In the early part of the last century, pipe smoking was the norm — men actually considered their pipes to be part of their haberdashery. Tobacconists would fit the shape of the pipe to complement a gentleman’s face structure and choice of clothing. Many high-class clothing stores carried pipes, not only for smoking pleasure but also as a distinct fashion statement.


1940s pipe smoker


Pipe smoking experienced a real boom after the release of the 1964 surgeon general’s report, which asserted that pipe smokers actually lived longer than nonsmokers. I honestly think this is true just from general observation—you see a lot of old geezers with lit pipes sticking out of their mouths. Of course, medical professionals would vehemently deny my claim, but screw them; they are making our lives miserable enough! In many cities, you can’t even smoke in a park due to the threat of secondhand smoke, but I guess it’s okay to inhale bus fumes — apparently that poses no danger.

So, on that note, the lumping of all forms of smoking into the same category could be one of the reasons that pipe smoking is on the decline. But, at the same time, I see an awful lot of guys chomping away on their favorite stogies, and plenty of people still smoking cigarettes. So, obviously, I haven’t yet begun to reach a conclusion as to why pipe smoking seems to have become as common as tuba lessons.

During the 1980s, when people sought instant gratification, pipe smoking suffered a substantial decline. It became so much easier to take a quick ride to the convenience store to pick up a pack of Marlboros and a Slim Jim. Experts say this trend began slowly reversing itself during the Cigar Boom of the 1990s, when tobacco enthusiasts began rediscovering that the finer things in life are worth the time and effort. Everyone thought a ‘pipe-resurgence’ would be right behind, as pipe sales did increase. But they never fully reached the magnitude of cigar sales. At that time, cigar magazines with glossy covers featuring our favorite actors with oily, high-quality cigars in their kissers fueled the already popular trend. Though it might have worked in 1953, I don’t think a lustrous cover featuring the late Walter Cronkite puffing on a Savinelli would have the same effect today.


walter kronkite


During this incredible Boom, cigar clubs and smoking rooms sprang up all over the country, and cigar dinners became a big attraction. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for pipes. My guess is that, when a bunch of guys have big, fat cigars in their mouths, they will inevitably start talking about women and sports, whereas a group of pipe smokers might become engrossed in the topic of the economy in Zimbabwe or the declining quality of tweed elbow patches, which would make for what most would find a very boring evening.

From the 1930s right through to the 1950s, many young men started smoking pipes when they entered college. This was their way of saying, “Now I am an intellectual college lad.” Oh, how wonderful it must have been for these fraternity brats, clad in cardigan sweaters and bow ties, to stand around the piano with pipes in hand, gleefully singing their school’s theme song.

While pipe smoking was fairly common in 1965 among men age 20 or older, its prevalence seems to have declined drastically in my lifetime. The great Albert Einstein once remarked that pipe smoking “contributed to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” Perhaps this generation just considers Einstein a crazy, long haired eccentric that was good at maths. In fact, I have never heard of any young person taking up pipe smoking so he could be like Einstein! At the risk of sounding like the quintessential grumpy old man, I assert that maybe they are more receptive to mindless TV reality shows. Maybe for the young folks this mindless media blitz is paired better with a cigarette of dubious substance and an energy drink rather than a fine Comoy Billiard and a bowl of Mac Baren Navy Flake.




So, if you happen to be less than 35 years old, I have an assignment for you: Google the great Albert Einstein and watch the History Channel for three straight weeks, then go out and buy yourself a pipe and some good tobacco. Most likely, you’ll lose all of your Facebook friends, but don’t worry! I guarantee that you’ll at least look as if your IQ has increased by 30 points. Not to mention, you may singlehandedly incite the resurgence of pipe smoking and tweed elbow patches!

Even after typing those words, it somehow still confounds me that my 21-year-old son and his friends have no desire whatsoever to smoke a pipe. In fact, they make fun of me and call me “Popeye.” Yet they are totally committed to the latest youthful fad to invade the western world, which has been a custom in the Middle East for centuries. I’m referring to the hookah. For some reason, I look funny with a pipe but it is perfectly okay for them to sit in the basement around a giant glass bowl with eight long mouthpieces used for inhaling something called “shisha.” And, it takes about 20 minutes to get the damn coal heated through a water tube (I’d go into more detail but I’m not a plumber) just to get a hit of watered-down pineapple smoke! Instead of going through all that malarkey, why not just smoke a banana!?


greta garbo


Another reason for the pipe’s decline may be its lack of appeal to women. While, in my line of work, it’s not at all rare to find women who enjoy a fine cigar, female pipe smokers remain uncommon, although history’s ranks of pipe fans are said to have included Queen Victoria, author Gertrude Stein and the actress Greta Garbo. I do find that, today, most women find pipe smoke less objectionable than cigar or cigarette smoke, and some actually like it. Maybe that’s because it brings back memories of Dad, Grandpa, or eccentric Uncle Saul. The problem lies in the fact that, back then, Mom and Grandma found it attractive, while women of today may view it simply as a fond family memory.  Maybe the knowledge that a pipe is no longer the “chick magnet” it once was has led to a serious decline.

I have another guess as to why pipe smokers’ numbers are dwindling (and this one might actually be intelligent and legit!). People are buying the wrong pipes and likely filling them with rubbish tobacco. Years ago, even the cheapo pipes and tobaccos were typically made better than those of today; now, one trip to any convenience store for a large bag of “insert any low quality tobacco brand here” and a heavily varnished $10 pipe will make your tongue swell up like an inflatable raft! I, of course, recommend a visit to a reputable tobacconist who will help you choose a cool-smoking, high-quality tobacco (I suggest a nice, thick-cut imported brand). As for the pipe itself, I recommend a low cost corncob or 10 minute briar style, just to see if this hobby is for you. Corncob pipes may look funny but they smoke cool right from the first puff, and the sweetness of the cob brings out the entire flavor of the tobacco.


blonde pipe


By now, my alarmist rantings probably have you thinking that pipes are practically extinct! This is not true at all. Sure, it’s not like it used to be back in the day, but there are still enough of us to go around, and pipe manufacturers are still producing some exquisite works of art. Even though we are diminishing in numbers, we maintain the hope that the industry will someday come back in full bloom (this optimist mentality is the same reason that I have yet to dump my patch-pocket, bell-bottom trousers into the local charity box). And, quite frankly, I don’t care if I am the last man on earth smoking a pipe—I love it and always will! But just in case you need some encouragement, I have compiled a list of 10 perfectly good reasons that I smoke a pipe:

10.  It keeps me from chewing on my pen.

9.    It is relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of smoking.

8.    The variety of tobacco blends and flavors are endless. Endless!

7.    It makes me feel calm and relaxed.

6.    I can just stick it in my mouth whenever I get the urge for a chocolate bar.

5.    It makes me look smart even when I can’t remember where I left my glasses.

4.    Taking a few extra puffs during an argument gives me time to think before I say something stupid.

3.    I usually don’t get asked to put it out.

2.    It keeps my dog from licking me in the face.

1.    I already have a wife so I no longer need to try and appeal to the fairer sex!

So that’s my story. As usual, I have accomplished absolutely nothing aside from telling you that there are fewer pipe smokers today than in years gone by. I can safely say that this story will not win any awards for investigative journalism, but all this writing has just given me a craving to fire up my trustworthy bowl with some McClelland Virginia No. 1 and contemplate all of the other useless facts spinning around in my head…

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54 Responses to Why Don’t People Smoke Pipes Any More?!

  1. avatar Roy Odhner says:

    Good Read. I started smoking a pipe in 1980, and back then there were two pipe shops in my local area – neither of them anything to write home about. Back then, though, you could get a decent Grabow for a few bucks and grocery and drug stores sold many pipe tobacco blends. Those days are long gone and so are most of the old Brick and Mortar pipe shops. Today, however, I have way more choice than ever thanks to the internet – and I’m gonna guess that there are still quite a few of us because the internet pipe shops are up and running full speed.

  2. avatar Mark O'C says:

    Good read. Thank you for sharing.

    I started smoking pipes in my mid thirties. The main reason is the relaxing pace it brings. I’m now married and don’t smoke in doors or around my children. However, many folks approach me with compliments. In London e-cigs are the rage. When I get my pipe out many look at me with a degree of envious anticipation! They study my routine, watch me pack my bowl, caress the leaf with my match and then say “Wow. You’re a proper geezer!”.

  3. avatar Nick B says:

    Nice article thanks
    I took up pipe smoking in my first year in college back in 1980 and have been at it off and on ever since. In those days it was seen as a bit eccentric for a 19 year old undergraduate to smoke a pipe but not totally odd.
    These days I see maybe one or two people a year smoking a pipe in public, possibly because a pipe needs some time so it is more easily done at home.
    I think a pipe still retains some pick-up appeal to women, I have quite often been complimented on the smell and at times pretty young things have asked if they can have some puffs.
    Pipes remain infinitely superior to even the best cigarettes, and to my mind as good as a good cigar, but a pipe does need time, so for those of us who work in offices cigarettes remain necessary.
    The other thing about pipes is that although they are now very rarely seen they are so etched in memory (old films etc) that they may seem unusual but not utterly bizarre as might be someone in the street dressed in a frock coat and top hat.

    • avatar Jenny says:

      Hi Nick, I think you are right – there is something special and quite unique about pipe-smoking. Enjoying a pipe should be a relaxing pastime and not rushed.

    • avatar Roy Odhner says:

      I think that public bans on smoking have made sightings of pipe smokers more and more rare. The demise of most traditional pipe shops at the hands of the rise of the internet means that most of us no longer have to journey to pipe shops and we can shop for pipes and tobacco from the comfort of our own homes. Thus, most of us just do our pipe smoking at home, in our own smoking rooms. In a way, pipe smoking has gone back to the Victorian and Edwardian periods where it was considered a horrible broach of etiquette to smoke anywhere other than a dedicated smoking room. I don’t think this is a bad thing.

  4. avatar Joseph G says:

    I am also new to the world of pipe smoking, I’m 32 fro. England. I have had my first pipe for just over a week now and already I love it. I also love browsing through all the different tabaccos there are, I lose hours doing this. I am already looking for my second pipe and cannot wait to smoke another bowl. Great read and I hope pipe smoking picks up again.

  5. avatar Mohsen, says:

    First of all,I appreciated so much for this beautiful pipe smoking text that I ever seen, I am new comers in oceans of pipes but I have small collected hand-made,Brier.
    I like smoking no essence additive tobacco and I love take time with my pipe smokers friends.

    Bst Wishes.

  6. avatar Jim Anyon says:

    I am a 35 year + pipe smoker and it is a fantastic way of life.The choosing of pipes and tobaccos is a lifetime of fun.As an Englishman I started with St Bruno and Condor from the local news paper shop and have never looked back.I still love those strong staples and many more.I liken Great Britain or England losing to the Aussies in Rugby League as to when a tobacco brand or company goes out of existance.Heartbreaking.Jim.

  7. avatar David Rose says:

    excellent writing; another thing that is in decline. A very enjoyable read.

  8. avatar Carole B says:

    I enjoyed reading your article. Yes… I am one of those weird women who enjoy the occasional bowl here and there. There is definitely a knack to smoking a pipe properly… Something I unfortunately had to teach myself. No one was ever going to teach a Sheila how to puff on a briar! Heavens forbid! And yet… Here I am, enjoying one of my dad’s old pipes. I will admit, it has a lot to do with nostalgia (always brings back memories of me pop when I am puffing), but… I do enjoy the “zoning out” feeling you get; a moment to press the “pause” button during a busy hectic day. Cheers from Downunder!

  9. avatar Ron S says:

    Enjoyed the article and the contributions beneath it. I particularly liked the colorful paragraph you followed by telling how you load, light and puff.

    When I first started, I learned from a pro. He didn’t inhale and I never have. The preacher doesn’t believe it; he looks at me like I’m Bill Clinton saying he didn’t inhale, lol. Of course there is smoke in the air, but a direct inhalation would have me coughing a storm. What I quickly came to appreciate was indeed the “art” of the practice. There is a technique to loading, packing, keeping it burning. In 1989, I won two contests: one, longevity, the other a meerschaum coloring competition. I came in second with the longevity contest at an hour and six minutes, using only one match and a large, Savinelli Autograph. The pipe was completely empty, no ash. Onlookers gasped when I turned it upside down over the ash tray. This afternoon, I brought out a 30-something year old hand carved Ben Wade and decided to see what is on the internet regarding the carvers I used to pay attention to. It looks like some that I paid $180 to $280 for are worth four or five times that. I always went for straight or flame grain briars.

    As for the lady pipe smoker who posted, she reminds me of a young woman who came in the smoke shop back in the 80′s, early 90′s. She was very pretty, which made it more interesting to people who came in for the free smell.

    Gladly, I was warned not to buy the drug store pipes, all the farmers swear by. Tongue bite is not pleasant and rotating good pipes is simply smart.

    Of course the extras: leather pouches, fancy tampers, Colibri pen lighters, etc. added to the class, ha ha.

    Thanks again for this enjoyable page.

  10. I smoked a pipe on and off in my late 20′s. But I also smoked cigarettes too. It looked funny while I was sitting in my police car with a pipe hanging out of my lips!! Now that I’m 43 and retired from law enforcement I can sit back and relax. I started smoking a pipe again after quitting cigarettes for 5 years and I love it! It took me awhile to find a tobacco that I liked, I started with an otc Carter Hall. Now that I found a website with hundreds of choices I found that I like aromatics like Cornell and Diel chocolate Cavendish and Autumn Evening along with some Lane Limited 1Q mixed with BCA. I now have 6 pipes. Only one is a really good one, most are Grabows and 2 cobs, and my good one is a Savenelli second.

  11. avatar Randy Otto says:

    Good article, but let’s boil it down…
    Tobacco usage for pleasure (and not simply because of the nicotine addiction) in this century, with all we know, is akin to taking on a hobby like bungy jumping or sky diving.
    Like that sport, everyone knows the risk and some will do it occasionally for the lifestyle/fashion points that it makes.
    No points, no adoption.

    Hookah, vaping = points
    Cigarettes = mostly no points, maybe pity points
    Good Cigars = points (Bad cigars = no points)
    Snuff/Chewing plugs = no points
    Dip = points in certain groups, especially those that want to be rebellious

    This is further supported by the statement above about No worry about point #1
    1. I already have a wife so I no longer need to try and appeal to the fairer sex!
    Now, you’re smoking a pipe because it is the best way to enjoy tobacco without worrying about anything else.

    Trends will come/go and us pipe smokers’ only hope is that we can keep the good pipes and great tobacco suppliers in business long enough for it to come around again.

  12. avatar Paul says:

    I started smoking pipes at 14, and I’m 52 now. It just always felt right (never liked cigarettes or cigars). Admittedly, it was awkward when I was younger, but now I’m just the guy in the neighborhood who walks his dog and smokes his pipe.

    I’ve converted a neighbour and 2 friends; perhaps it was more to have someone to smoke a pipe with, but it is more enjoyable to share the moment.

    Really enjoyed the article. Thank you very much for sharing.

    • avatar ian says:

      I’m brand new to tobacco pipes. I used to dip, smoke cigarretes, i also really enjoy cigars, and now i want to try out pipe as the the aroma seems soo different to me ..I bought a 10 dollar cob basic pipe and that 1q tobacco…is that a decent start? any other tips I would really appreciate so I don’t waste too much tobacco or worse can’t get a good experience.

  13. avatar Scott Blackford says:

    My pipe is lit, as here I sit
    Enraptured, from the scent of it
    Around my head, the smoke, in swirls
    Attends to me Iike dancing girls
    It moves and sways beneath my nose
    Then ever outward, upward goes
    A Latakia campfire smell
    Or Cavendish can serve me well
    A burley with its chocolate hint
    I fill a briar, straight or bent
    From OTC to pricey blend
    Concocted mixtures never end
    I contemplate, anticipate
    Or cogitate, then meditate
    As I grow old, I want for less
    And simple things bring happiness
    I hope much less, to fuss and gripe
    But find contentment in my pipe

  14. avatar James Bowen says:

    I’ll be honest. When I started smoking pipes in my early twenties it was kind of embarrassing to smoke them in public. People would look at me like I was a jerk or something. It was perfectly acceptable to smoke cigarettes and even small cigars in a bar but if you pull out a pipe most people would raise an eyebrow. Now that I am older almost 50 I’m actually getting looks of respect when I smoke. I have assisted younger coworkers who wanted to try it but didn’t know anything about it. Going so far as to going with them to a smoke shop helping them pick out a good Briar pipe and a good corn cob and halfway decent tobacco. And so far they have all stuck with it and enjoyed it. Even giving up cigarettes. The problem with tobacco is everyone has different tastes and what may be horrible to one person may taste good to another. And what smokes good in one pipe may not smoke is good in another. I have noticed the more earthy tobacco smokes better with pipes made of wood with a wood Shank. I think it cools the Steam down and makes it smoke more gentle. I always recommend learning on a corn cob. Not only are they cheap they smoke pretty damn good. Of course when you go out in public you want something that looks better then a corn cob. Because let’s face it most of us have some amount of pride and want to look as cool as we can to our peers. I have over 460 pipes I have collected so I change up my pipe to fit my mood. And I do believe in picking a pipe for whatever wardrobe you may have on. What kind of tobacco you’re in the mood for and the activity you are performing. I’ve never had anyone complain about my Pipe smoke most of them tell me how it brings back memories, or how much better it smells than cigarette tobacco. And if you smoke in a vehicle the cigarette tobacco will go stale the next day and make your car smell bad. Whereas tobacco smoked in a pipe will not for a long time and a little shot of Febreze will clear it right up. In the morning my vehicle smells like chocolate brownies because I like smoking chocolate tobacco in my vehicle.

  15. avatar Jon Mullis says:

    What a, great article. So well written. My father used to smoke a pipe when o was very young, but I remember it well. A Falcon with St Bruno was his chosen partnership. He is now sadly a “reformed” smoker. But never mind. My adventures into the wonderful world of pipe smoking started at agricultural college, where I did a forestry and gamekeeping course. I was 17 back in 1987 and “pinched” my dad’s old Falcon from the sideboard draw, purchased some Clan, pipe cleaners and a tool and after much trial and error was soon puffing away happily around the woods and on campus. As with all my interests I threw myself into it reading and digesting as much hola info as I could about our wonderful hobby. It was during this time I discovered Carey’s who opened up a world new pipes and tobaccos to me. Sadly, when I left college my brief flirtation with cigars and cigarettes endured, but I always had moments of longing for my old briar friends. So some 25 years on since I last filled my bowl, I’m back like never before. My passion reignited, and with the Internet another world of adventure awaits. New pipes and tobaccos ordered and contentment reigns once more. No longer wandering the woods chasing pheasants I am now a 47 year old press photographer. How things change. But one thing that will always remain a constant is the enjoyment I get from smoking pipes and all the satisfaction it brings. Even if I get called names and get funny looks from the younger generation.
    Together we stand. Pipe smokers one and all. Happy Christmas :)

  16. avatar Simon says:

    Hi all, I have really enjoyed this article. I went through a pipe smoking phase when i was 15. after reading this i may give it a try again.

  17. avatar Ange says:

    Female pipe smoker, mid 30′s here. We are not all old men. On that note, it is very uncommon for anyone to smoke a pipe these days, and I get the stares. I sometimes feel uncomfortable smoking in public because people look at me as if I have a disability or something.

  18. avatar Troy says:

    Thanks for writing this article mate. I love smoking my pipe and reading the newspaper, listening to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. I feel like I was born in the wrong Era! I’m 21 from Australia. Thanks again – T

  19. avatar Mohammed H Asruff says:

    I am a pipe smoker and reside in S Africa

    I love the ritual,the tobacco, and having many pipes are like driving different cars with its own pleasure

    Through out my world travels, it has been the center piece of many conversations, backpacking through Europe, Africa, asia or the americas…with a casual barter of tobacco…strong coffee and laughter

    • avatar James Bowen says:

      I have noticed that too. Everywhere I go smoking a pipe people have questions and they actually want to learn and are interested in learning to smoke pipes it is a great ice-breaker meeting people

  20. avatar Marc says:

    I been smoking a pipe since the age of 16 now 49

    love the way they smoke and feel.

    I think it comes from my Grandad not that I ever got to meet him unfortunately he died 10 days before I was born but from pictures and family stories, also the late great Jack Hargreaves did a tv show back in the mid 1980′s the old country on the old itv channel called westward and out of town on channel four

    on how life was like in rural Britain before WW2 and post war.. he often started the show and ended it smoking his pipe it just used to intrigue me.

    I’m a clan smoker.. I have several Meerschaum and church wardens and a calabash and thoroughly enjoy each one..

    Happy Smoking everyone..

  21. avatar Charles Ray Strozier says:

    Pipe smoking is the soul of freedom for a real man, this is where modern man can’t understand and accept. Thank God we still have a few good men left to enjoy the freedom of a great pipe.

    • avatar Steven Barringham says:

      I believe it was the English author J.B. Priestley who once said that pipe smoking was the last pleasure left to man. I started pipe smoking in my mid-teens and fifty years later I would definitely agree with him.
      I think the reference to ‘man’ is mankind in general (humankind in modern parlance) and not just men in particular.

  22. avatar Sean C says:

    I am 31 years old from Carlisle, England. I have been smoking a pipe for two years now and it is the best lifestyle decision I have made. It helps me relax, recollect and ‘push the re-set button’ in an otherwise hectic and relentless world.

    Everything nowadays has to be instant be it instant food, 24 hour takeaways, instant messaging etc. – my pipe removes me from this stressful world for a blissful forty minutes or so.

    I love nothing more than a mug of Yorkshire Tea and a bowl of Holland House in my Savinelli or HH Old Dark Fired in my Peterson Churchwarden just before bed.

    I am not interested in being fashionable or following a trend – me and my pipe simply work well together and I look forward to continuing my journey of enjoyment and discovery. Pipe smoking should be cherished, preserved and encouraged, there are far worse things in this oft times crazy, crazy world.

    Happy piping.

  23. avatar Stephen Marson says:

    Loved the sense of humor. Smoking a pipe is a hobby that’s a little bit involved. I first decided which pipe I want to smoke, the comes the challenge of choosing the right tobaaco. If you are like me you’ll have a butt load of tobaaco. In fact I probably have enough to last me 5 yrs. Once I selected the tobaaco then I carefully load my pipe making sure not to pack to tight or to loose. Then comes the char with the first light. Then I gently tamp it for the second lite. Then if I’ve done everything right I sit back relax and enjoy my pipe and contemplate how can solve the world’s problems. By the way I have the answer. Sometimes I get so relaxed I fall asleep. Living doesn’t get any better than that.

  24. avatar Jerry Hilborn says:

    I started smoking a pipe on/off since age 24. I am now 51 and am an occasional pipe smoker. I think the decline in Michigan is due to the lack of places to smoke. Cigar Bar/Lounge laws were written so that thou shalt have no other smoke than cigars. We are not welcome anywhere. One of the local casinos allows it. Long drive to sit indoors to smoke a pipe. I thought the hipsters would bring it back, but it hasn’t happened.

    • Pipe smoking is my sacred routine after 5 to 7 years I return to it.during that period I Smoke my cuban cigars and when i then have cigars I started back smoking cigarettes for couple years.but now I am back to pipe smoking and I am glad.

  25. avatar Klaudia says:

    Glad I came across this article, was so much fun to read! I’m quite new to smoking a pipe, but I absolutely love it. Oh, and I’m a 22 year old woman. :)

    • avatar Jenny says:

      We’re so pleased you enjoyed the article Klaudia. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

    • avatar George says:

      Very well done Klaudia and may I welcome you aboard to be among the brethren. The many different blends of tobacco that are available, I can guarantee you will have one hell of an adventure. I do hope that you enjoy as much as I have over many years. Keep well and God bless.

    • avatar Walter Goldsworthy says:

      Do you inhale your pipesmoke? I have always deeply inhaled my pipes and love it very much.

  26. avatar Anderson Perry says:

    Ten years ago after my grandfather passed when I was just 21, I was allowed his stash of briars as no one seemed to want them and I’ve been piping ever since. I love the variety of blends available and the peace that comes with taking time to yourself to enjoy a nice and smooth aromatic break in the day.

  27. avatar Rich says:

    My buddy and I used to smoke pipe when we were in high school, probably started when I was 16 or 17. I’ve tried every form of tobacco besides nasal. I do enjoy my chewing tobacco, but there is nothing as enjoyable and relaxing as smoking a pipe after a long day. I’m 26, and although I know it’s rare, there’s still young people out there enjoying a good pipe smoke

  28. avatar Ronald Hampson says:

    As a piper I worked in a factory that brought in a no smoking policy and two twenty minute breaks per shift . Just enough time for coffee and cake or tea and sandwich . Then the new house became non smoking etc

  29. avatar George says:

    Hello brethren,
    Such a great article and wonderfully put together. I am a piper of forty six years puffing and my pipes have been a constant companion.
    I had a good school friend and was invited to call at his house one day. His mother came to the door with a nose warmer between her teeth and a wonderful smell of Condor wafting behind her. I also noticed that she wore her top coat and boots around the house for most of the time. It just goes to show that even then, women could be just as eccentric as some of us, but what a wonderful world we live in. Well done my brothers, I find it a great pleasure to be in your company.
    Happy puffing and God bless.

  30. avatar James says:

    I have been smoking a pipe since I was 19 years old at Oxford university, it was the normal trend in those days. I am 68 years old now and still fit and well. I enjoy a tot of a good malt whiskey each evening to accompany a good smoke beside my log fire, there is nothing better and my wife loves the smell of my tobacco, so all happy.

  31. avatar Neil Scarbro says:

    I’ve been smoking a pipe since 1973, most of that time I was in Germany with the British Army. Sitting under a cam-net smoking a pipe full of Condor time goes by very slowly – the down side was our boss kept running out of tobacco and as I smoked a pipe he got my spare. But you can’t beat a pipe no matter what they say.

  32. avatar Mark Rollason says:

    I just recently started smoking a pipe because I have Multiple Sclerosis and rolling a cigarette was becoming a game called “How much tobacco can I get everywhere?”, “How many cigarette papers can I use for just one roll-up?”, “How soon before I burn the house down?” Actually I am following a “family tradition” – both my Dad and his Dad were pipe smokers (and church organists). As I am not allowed to drink I thought “Why not?” I certainly agree that pipe smoking is more socially acceptable than any other form of smoking. Now where is my pipe? Mark.

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Hi Mark – I’m pleased you’re enjoying your new passion and are proudly continuing pipe smoking through the generations! Enjoy…

  33. avatar Jason says:

    I am a recent convert from Cigars to pipe mainly due to cost and I although I get plenty of negative comments I also get rather a lot of positive ones. Lots of “that so reminds me of my grandfather” and “I love the smell of your pipe” I have fond that the older I get the less I worry about what other people think of me, so I puff away regardless.

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Pleased to hear it Jason! You may also be pleased to know that we’ve introduced some premium cigars over the last couple of months, some of which are very reasonably priced!

  34. avatar Dan Barlow says:

    Most enjoyable article I have read for some time on the subject! I bought my first pipe when I was just 20 and living in France where tobacconists still grace the centre of even small towns. I sought the advice of the tobacconist, but, on this first occasion, too embarrassed to admit that this was my own first forray into pipe smoking, I pretended I was buying it as a present for a friend. I am sure the tobacconist saw staight through me, but he played along. I also bought 50g of awful French tobacco and hurtied home. Twenty minuted later, the strength of the baccy had completely knocked me out and I spent the afternoon in bed feeling rather nauseous. Still, I persevered and found some slightly milder tobacco more suited to a young Brit lacking the benefit of the experience of 50 years of smoking Gitanes. 14 years on, I am glad I didn’t give in. Now I enjoy my daily dose of Carey’s Balkan Special or Soft Black Aromatic enormously. Keep puffing, my dear eccentric brethren. There are damn few of us, but surely that’s part of the pleasure!
    BTW (that’s as cool as I get!), I don’t give a hang about losing Facebook friends – http://www.eacarey.co.uk IS my Facebook!

  35. avatar Rich says:

    I’ve taken up pipe smoking and I’m 32! I haven’t had any compliments but I have been smoking it in my local beer garden so am hoping it might catch on :)

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Give it time Rich, give it time! Before you know it the beer garden will be full of fellow puffers…

  36. avatar dan blackard says:

    well done sir well done.

  37. avatar Tom Greene says:

    Very good article.
    I, too, have many women who have complemented me on my pipe smoking.
    I even had a couple of women to stop by my table at the outdoor commons area of the resort where my wife and I were staying to say how wonderful my pipe smoke smelled and how it brought back fond memories. And they even thanked me.

  38. avatar Steven H says:

    Terrific! A great, great read. I can identify with lots of things here! This gentleman has hit all the right buttons and, my goodness, doesn’t he know how to defend this great pastime?! Well done, sir. A wonderful boost for the system and, more importantly, for the pipe business in general. Here’s to the pipe and its future!

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