Pipe smoking
A study was conducted in assosiation with the American Lung Assosiation and the American Cancer society which showed people that smoked pipes moderately and said they didn't inhale actually lived on average two years longer than non smokers

it has been theorized this has to do with the stress-reducing factor of pipe smoking.  it has also been theorized it is merely a coincidence.  either way it shows that moderate pipe smoking does not pose a significant threat to your mortality rate [Image: beer2.gif]


Put That in Your Pipe
As an act of rebellion against political correctness, pipe smoking is hard to beat.

By Rick Newcombe

The end of the last century saw the birth of two Germans who are among the most famous
individuals in history: Adolf Hitler, the bloodthirsty dictator, and Albert Einstein, the peace-loving scientific genius. Both men held strong views about smoking, and it is worth examining their opinions as we approach the end of the current century. This is especially true in light of the bills pending in Congress that would ban smoking in buildings open to the public, raise tobacco taxes by huge percentages, and regulate tobacco as a drug.

Hitler was a zealot about many things, so it is not surprising that he was an extremist on the subject of smoking, which he considered vile and disgusting. "Adolf Hitler was a fanatical opponent of tobacco," reports Time. He was fond of proclaiming that women of the Third Reich did not smoke at all, even though many of them did. In his fascinating book Cigarettes Are Sublime, Richard Klein, a professor of French at Cornell University, writes that Hitler was "a fanatically superstitious hater of tobacco smoke."
Einstein, on the other hand, was very passionate about his pipe smoking. During one lecture, he ran out of pipe tobacco and borrowed some cigarettes from his students so he could crumple the tobacco into his pipe. "Gentlemen," he said, "I believe we've made a great discovery!" He later decided that his conclusion was premature. He realized that cigarette tobacco lacks the aroma, the fullness, and the taste of pipe tobacco. But what appealed most to Einstein was the entire ritual of pipe smoking: carefully choosing from a variety of pipes and tobaccos, delicately loading the briar, puffing and tamping, and the associated contemplation. "I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs," he said in 1950 at age 71, when he became a lifetime member of the Montreal Pipe Smokers Club.

Fanatical intolerance, as opposed to moderation and consideration, is at the heart of the smoking debate in America today. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to ban smoking in the workplace. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has proposed what he calls the Smoke-Free Environment Act, which would prohibit smoking in
any building that is entered by 10 or more people at least one day a week (except residences, so far). What if the building is privately owned and its owner wants to smoke? Too bad. His private building will be classified as a "public facility." I am a successful entrepreneur who is responsible for sending millions of tax dollars to the state and federal governments each year--from my own taxes, from my company, from our shareholders, from our employees, from our clients, and from our vendors. This tax money finances politicians seeking to pass laws forbidding me to smoke a pipe in my own office.

In addition to the proposed smoking bans, the Clinton health plan would raise the tax on certain cigars by more than 3,000 percent, on pipe tobacco by nearly 2,000 percent, and on chewing tobacco by more than 10,000 (!) percent. Supporters of these tax hikes should read some history. King James I of England, who hated smoking as much as Henry Waxman does, raised tobacco taxes by 4,000 percent. Instead of stamping out tobacco use, he created a huge black market.
David Kessler, head of the Food and Drug Administration, wants to regulate tobacco as a drug, which under the agency's usual standards would probably mean banning it. (Can you imagine what our overcrowded prisons would be like if tobacco were banned?) New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen praises Kessler, as well as the "courageous" members of Congress who are eager to suspend the First Amendment by restricting tobacco advertising.
Smoking has been around for hundreds of years, and it won't go away, regardless of legislation. The Los Angeles Times recently observed: "Russia once whipped smokers, Turkey beheaded them and India slit their noses. The Massachusetts colony outlawed public smoking in the 1630s, and Connecticut required smokers to have permits in the 1940s. At various times between 1893 and 1921, cigarette sales were banned in North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Iowa, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Utah, Kansas and Minnesota." Despite such efforts, about a billion people around the world continue to smoke.
As Klein, the Cornell professor, notes, there is a direct link between freedom and the right to smoke. He writes: "Like other tyrants such as Louis XIV, Napoleon, and Hitler, James I despised smoking and demonized tobacco. The relation between tyranny and the repression of the right to grow, sell, use, or smoke tobacco can be seen most clearly in the way movements of liberation, revolutions both political and cultural, have always placed those rights at the center of their political demands. The history of the struggle against tyrants has been frequently inseparable from that of the struggle on behalf of the freedom to smoke."
Cigarette smokers are reluctant to speak out against anti-smoking measures. It is difficult to be a moderate cigarette smoker, and the typical cigarette smoker is clearly at risk of suffering heart attacks, lung cancer, and emphysema. Despite these health hazards, adults have a right to continue smoking cigarettes. But I hope they will consider pipe smoking as an alternative. The difference between chain-smoking cigarettes and moderate pipe smoking is the difference between drinking a case of beer every day and having a glass of wine with lunch or dinner.
Pipe smoking is a fun hobby. It is relaxing. It tastes good. It feels good. It helps us unwind. It helps us cope with stress. It enhances objectivity. It facilitates contemplation. People like Waxman and Kessler never mention these intangible benefits. They just want to know if the activity in question is "good for you" in a strict biological sense. If not, or if they think it is bad for you, they will attempt to outlaw it. This sort of reasoning would also support a ban on obesity, a requirement that all Americans exercise, the prohibition of junk food, limits on alcohol and caffeine consumption, and so on. The irony is that Waxman is, frankly, a little chubby, while Kessler used to be fat (and yo-yo dieting is quite unhealthy).
Compare these two with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is as healthy as a horse and a dedicated cigar and occasional pipe smoker. I work out regularly myself. I have even trained with Arnold. In fact, I am something of a health nut. I go for a five-mile run at least once a week as part of my exercise program, which includes a minimum of four hours of strenuous workouts each week. I am in terrific physical condition. Yet I'm put on the defensive and treated as a pariah because I enjoy a pipe.

OuR tax money is used to sponsor anti-smoking propaganda--official hate speech from the state. Anti-smoking billboards and TV commercials are aimed at encouraging the average citizen to loathe smoking and, by implication, smokers. Several days ago, I was standing on a street corner in Santa Monica waiting for the light to turn green. A city bus with an anti-smoking message on the side passed by, spewing filthy exhaust fumes. I crossed the street and entered the Tinder Box, a tobacco shop that was founded when Calvin Coolidge was president. The aroma was magnificent. I chatted with the store's founder, Ed Kolpin, who has come to work every day since 1928. He was puffing on his pipe, looking very contented. Ed attributes his good health and long life to the sense of peace that 65 years of relaxed and intelligent pipe smoking have given him.
Ed reminded me of a story about François Guizot, the French historian and statesman. A woman visited Guizot at his home one evening and found him absorbed in his pipe. She exclaimed, "What! You smoke, and yet have arrived at so great an age?" "Ah, madame," he said in reply, "if I had not smoked, I should have been dead 10 years ago." I believe we would have heard similar replies from many other famous pipe smokers who lived long and healthy lives, including Albert Schweitzer, Mark Twain, F.A. Hayek, Carl Sandburg, Bing Crosby, and Norman Rockwell.
An article in the Summer 1990 issue of The Compleat Smoker describes an interesting longevity study conducted in Pennsylvania during the late '60s and early '70s. An organization called No Other World performed the research with the assistance of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Lung Association and regional chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. "In the study," reports The Compleat Smoker, "pipe smokers attained an average age of 78--two years older than their non-smoking male counterparts." This may say something about the stress-reducing benefits of pipe smoking. At the very least, it suggests that moderate pipe smoking is not a significant health hazard.
I began smoking a pipe in 1978, at the age of 28. At the time, I was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker. I could not run a mile without collapsing from wheezing, and on many nights my hacking cough woke me up. There was no way for me to be a moderate cigarette smoker. I decided that cigarettes were poison for me, but I still wanted to smoke, so I tried a pipe.
It took a while to get the hang of it. I suffered tongue bite; I broke one pipe because I didn't know how to handle it; I was not used to smoking without inhaling; I smoked way too fast and burned the briar on several pipes--and made a dozen other mistakes typical of the beginning pipe smoker. Pipe smoking is a ritual that requires patience and study. You can't just go to a drugstore, buy the least expensive pipe you can find, and expect to enjoy the smoke. It can take years of study and practice before your enjoyment reaches that point of contentment that only professional pipe smokers know.
When it comes to pipes, I'm strictly a beginning student. Christopher Morley wrote in 1916 that "pipe smoking is properly an intellectual exercise." I have read 17 books on the subject and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of articles, and I still learn something new every time I visit a knowledgeable tobacconist. The best overview of the subject I've seen is The Ultimate Pipe Book by Richard Carleton Hacker, a fact-filled volume written in an interesting and fun style. Pipe collecting as a hobby has become such a passion for me that I own nearly 200 pipes, some dating back to the 1920s and '30s. I know the history of nearly all of them and the biography of the pipe carver. There may be only a few pipe smokers left, but we are intelligent and dedicated.
If smoking has any future at all, it lies in moderate pipe smoking. I realize excessive pipe and cigar smoking can contribute to some forms of mouth, throat, or lip cancer, but it is the excess that is the problem. It is relatively easy, with time and practice, to be a moderate pipe smoker.
As a statement of rebellion against political correctness, it's hard to beat pipe smoking. It's not nearly as risky as smoking cigarettes, and it offers unique pleasures. A whole new world of enjoyment will open up for you once you start discovering the various types of briar, the thousands of blends of exquisite tobaccos from all over the world, the hundreds of traditional and unusual shapes, sizes, and finishes for a pipe, and the possibilities for beautiful artwork carved into meerschaum and briar pipes. Remember the advice of this century's greatest scientist: Pipe smoking facilitates relaxation and objectivity. Also keep in mind that Einstein did not worry about defying convention. And to be a pipe smoker in America in the 1990s, you really must be an individualist.

Well! Maybe it's time to give up a few cups of coffee and try a pipe instead. A little balance!
creimann Wrote:Well! Maybe it's time to give up a few cups of coffee and try a pipe instead. A little balance!

I've been smoking a pipe for only about a year. It took me a little while to get used to it but I can assure you that you wont be dissapointed. (I gave up cigarettes about 7 years ago -about 40per day was average for me- and a pipe is a very different experience to the ciggies).

I'd been thinking of taking up the pipe for a few years, but after reading the following article (which was also posted on this forum awhile back) I really made up my mind. [Image: pipe.gif]

Why I Smoke a Pipe
by Jeff Culbreath
(Previously published in Pipes Digest, Pipe Friendly, and The Tobacco Times)

I have some friends, some honest friends,
And honest friends are few.
A pipe of briar, an open fire,
And a book that’s not too new.

— Robert Service

I've never been good with dates, but some few years ago I decided to take up pipe smoking. This decision was not made lightly. No other form of tobacco use has ever appealed to me, and in fact I had developed quite an anti-tobacco prejudice due to years of effective social indoctrination. Besides, cigarettes actually repulsed me, cigars were loud and ostentatious, and chewing tobacco was permanently wedded to an image of the adolescent rednecks I knew in school. Yet I had always enjoyed the pleasant fragrance of pipe tobacco. Often as a young man, while running some errand or another, I would wander nervously into tobacco shops for no apparent reason, compelled by some mystical attraction. It wasn't merely the "forbidden fruit" syndrome or idle curiosity — I had no intention of taking up the habit and no desire to learn of it — but was rather invited by something almost ghostly, something I might have called nostalgia if it had been more familiar.

Less mystically speaking, part of the attraction is certainly the association of pipe smoking with a vanishing Old World civilization. Pipe and tobacco shops, for instance, are the last bastion of the old merchant class, now disappearing into a sea of dull and impersonal corporate bigness. (The only thing like them today are the used booksellers.) A good tobacco shop is a time warp. There is no background music, no television. The courteous gentleman behind the counter calls you "sir" and is eager to talk shop. He knows his trade, and he probably knows your name. Gray-haired men look on silently, tell corny jokes, laugh politely, argue about politics, and reminisce about love and war. No one is in a hurry. This is business with a human face, a thing worthy of preservation.

Pipe smoking ought to be recognized as a cultural asset, a corrective for the many defects and dysfunctions of our modern age. As a leisure activity, smoking a pipe takes a considerable amount of time and trouble. There is the routine of packing, tapping, lighting, and cleaning. There are the many tools and accessories. To do anything else at all while simultaneously smoking a pipe requires skill, experience, and a good deal of personal composure. In our technological age of quick fixes and instant gratification, pipe smoking teaches manual care and patience. In a world where newness and sensationalism rule the day, pipe smoking provides ritual and familiarity. In a capitalist economy where "efficiency" is exalted above all things, pipe smoking glories in tradition and revels in culture. In a work-a-day world where people are always on the go, pipe smoking requires that you stop and smell the tobacco, so to speak. Dare we say that puffing on a briar inculcates virtue? Yes, we dare say!

Now we come to religion, sex, and politics -- everyone's favorite subjects.

First, I am a Catholic by conviction and communion. This is most fortunate, as pipe smoking is mainly the privilege of Anglicans, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics, no doubt because they best understand the liturgical and sacramental aspects of this venerable pastime. Baptists, Methodists, Quakers, and various other sects are generally unfriendly to smoking, reflecting protestant gnostic tendencies. Atheists who smoke a pipe are usually backslidden Roman Catholics, and we may still hope for their redemption so long as they continue faithfully in their piping. Furthermore, pipe smoking puts the traditional churchman in the eminently good company of his betters: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkein, and other luminaries of the briar.

With respect to sex, it cannot be denied that pipe smoking is overwhelmingly a masculine enterprise. It would be imprudent to speculate as to the reasons for this; some things are best left undiscovered. Though certain confused people view this aspect of our habit (the idea of "habit" needs to recover its positive connotation) as a problem, I rather see it as a solution -- to the point where pipe smoking can now be viewed as a defiant stand against the boring and ill-considered androgyny of our time. Understand that it is not an Archie Bunker male chauvinism, but a humble appreciation for the mysteries of our God-given sex differences that gives me delight in helping to preserve one of the last remaining holdouts of gender-exclusive activity.

Finally, pipe smoking has all the right political enemies. It is difficult to understand the liberal's rage against tobacco without peering a little into political psychology. For the tormented liberal baby-boomer, pipe smoking symbolizes the oppressive generations of the past and their antiquated values; for the modern utopian who disbelieves in the hereafter, smoking is a threat to the earthly paradise he hopes to build; for the egalitarian and the feminist, tobacco in its several forms is a detested symbol of class and inequality; for the morally licentious, smoking serves as a convenient scapegoat for the real problems that plague our profoundly troubled culture, justifying a "moral" crusade that deflects attention from more serious (and far more deadly) moral failings. For these reasons and perhaps others, pipe smoking has managed to earn the wrath of society's forces of darkness -- proof enough of its inherent goodness!
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Has anyone here heard of the Swedish Twin Study? 
This article references it.  It makes the same point that DominusTecum's article did. 
Occasional pipe smokers outlive the normal populace.  My husband has smoked pipes
for about 4 years now.  His parents would freak if
they ever saw him do it so every time we are in town we have to go to my
father's house so that he can smoke and have brandy.   Fundies...geez [Image: eyes.gif] 

Pipe Smoking and Health:
"Risky business or casual pleasure?"
by Mark Beale, MD


n making the decision to smoke or not, we must educate ourselves about the risks and benefits. Unfortunately, the scientific data which attempts to quantify the risks of pipe smoking remain sparse. In 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a landmark report on tobacco usage. This report, which described the dangers of cigarette smoking, including heart disease, lung damage, and an increased cancer risk, raised the public's awareness regarding the health consequences of certain behaviors. 

       Specifically, this report confirmed what had been suspected for quite some time, that cigarette smoking could be dangerous. However, the conclusion drawn from several studies about pipe smokers was that they tended to live longer than the general population!

       A subsequent revision of this report, which appeared in 1979, concluded that pipe smoking increased the mortality ratio slightly, when compared with non-smokers, but the effect was minimal when compared to cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers using four or fewer bowls of tobacco per day had a lower mortality ratio than non-smokers - meaning the death rate was less for occasional pipe smokers than for the general population.

       Since then, other reports have emerged, including the 1982 Surgeon General's report which concluded that pipe smokers have a 2 - 4.3 times greater risk of lung cancer than non-smokers. However, the studies upon which this conclusion is based did not differentiate between inhalers and non-inhalers. Presumably, non-inhaling pipe smokers would have had a lower lung cancer risk than inhalers.

       Other interesting findings include a Swedish twin study which found that pipe smoking twins lived longer than non-smoking twins. This same study found a much higher mortality rate in cigarette smoking twins compared to their non-smoking siblings.

       Other Potential Risks

  Importantly, there is more to health risks than death! In pipe smokers these risks include heart disease, chronic lung disease, and cancer of the lip, tongue and throat. In fact, the largest risk for pipe smokers may be in developing cancer of the lip. This type of cancer is more responsive to treatment than, for example, lung cancer and therefore is not reflected in studies examining mortality.

When a Feller Needs a Friend

       The old advertising slogan for Briggs Pipe Tobacco "When a Feller Needs a Friend", I think emphasizes the psychological aspects of pipe smoking. This phenomenon of pipe smoking as mental comfort can be found in other advertising slogans as well, including the phrase, "Relax with a Marxman", used by the popular New York pipe firm. Indeed, when we examine the risks and potential benefits of pipe smoking, we must also consider the psychological aspects of the hobby.

       Many pipe smokers will tell you that one of life's greatest pleasures is to enjoy a fine tobacco in a favorite pipe. The key word here is "enjoy". 

       The psychological benefits of pipe smoking have been described by many who have enjoyed the hobby, including Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and others. Einstein felt that pipe smoking facilitated his mental clarity when working on a difficult project. Many pictures of him at work show that he favored billard-shaped pipes. Pipe smokers often like to recite one of his most relevant quotes: "I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs". Indeed, it is difficult to measure the calming qualities of pipe smoking and the possible beneficial effects on our work, productivity, relationships, and relaxation.

      With further study we may find that enjoying a pipe in moderation can prolong life, in a way analogous to the recent finding that consuming alcohol in moderation may protect against the development of certain types of heart disease.

       In reality, most experienced pipe smokers don't look to science to tell them that pipe smoking reduces stress. This is something they know from their own experience. Nonetheless, scientists are interested in this phenomenon and many believe that stress reduction can prolong life. Some researchers feel that smoking reduces stress by stimulating "reward centers" in the brain and affecting brain chemicals, such as dopamine. Changes in these brain chemicals lead to a sense of calm and relief from worry.

Risk vs Benefit

       Are the risks of pipe smoking outweighed by the benefits? Presently there is not enough scientific information to clearly define the health risks of pipe smoking. The risks of lung cancer and premature death appear to be much less than for heavy cigarette smokers.

       How do the risks of pipe smoking compare to other behaviors in our repertoire such as driving a car?  Only you can decide for yourself.

       If you choose to smoke, you must be considerate of others, regardless of whether you agree with their stance on tobacco use. Exposing someone to unwanted tobacco smoke goes a long way toward damaging the image of pipe smokers and makes others feel victimized. 

       If you feel the risks are reasonable, and choose to smoke, available studies indicate that you should do so in moderation and without inhaling. The concern over "side stream" or "second hand" smoke suggests that you should enjoy your pipe only in a well-ventilated area and/or use an air purifier. 

       Its hard to argue with someone wanting to enjoy an occasional pipe, and most likely, the pipe smoker won't want to argue anyway.


Article taken from Dr. Beale
About The Author
Dr. Beale  is a psychiatrist, researcher, and teacher in Charleston, SC.

Quote:Furthermore, pipe smoking puts the traditional churchman in the eminently good company of his betters: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkein, and other luminaries of the briar.

I note that CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien have put in a few good words for the pipe in their respective chronicles of Narnia and Middle-Earth.

I was relieved to see that Peter Jackson did not succumb to political correctness and exclude Frodo and Gandalf's pipe smoking from Fellowship of the Ring.

Now I'm waiting for the release of Prince Caspian, to see what they do about pipe-smoker Trumpkin, (good), and non-smoker Nikabrik (evil).

Actually I'm a non-smoker who dislikes the smell of cigarette smoke. But I'm getting alarmed by the fanaticism of the anti-smoking lobby.

Almost thou persuadest me to become a pipe-smoker. In the meantime I'll stick to smoking emoticonally.

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Being born and raised in VA, who doesnt have a pipe?

Did you all know that one of St. Padre Pio's aromas was a fine tobacco fragrance.
Trevor Wrote:Being born and raised in VA, who doesnt have a pipe?
And for those of us who don't live in America, VA is ........?? [Image: fish.gif]

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