How (And Why) To Smoke a Pipe

I hated tobacco. I could have almost lent my support to any institution that had for its object the putting of tobacco smokers to death…I now feel that smoking in moderation is a comfortable and laudable practice, and is productive of good. There is no more harm in a pipe than in a cup of tea. You may poison yourself by drinking too much green tea, and kill yourself by eating too many beefsteaks. For my part, I consider that tobacco, in moderation, is a sweetener and equalizer of the temper. - Thomas Henry Huxley

Why smoke a pipe? Allow me to explain. You can have this:

10 points if you can name everyone in the picture!

Or you can have this:

(That was a joke, folks.) Now, unlike cigarettes, pipes are a) sacramental b) delicious c) much less harmful d) not addicting and e) packed with class. Men need to recover the lost art of pipe-smoking to a) feel more manly b) relearn the experience of fellowship c) connect with their great, ancestral, pipe-smoking past d) learn to contemplate and e) (if they are cigarette smokers) to replace addiction with ritual. Onwards to Mordor then:

1. The things you’ll need.

A pipe. There is no singular answer as to which pipe is the pipe for you, but let this be absolutely clear: She is out there, and she is waiting for you, like a sleepless lover at her window. The pipe says a lot about the man — Mark Twain smoked a corncob, Sherlock Holmes a curved stem. Stephen Fry was caught smoking this madness…

…and so the point is this: Let it be an extension of your soul as much as of your lips. Now in pipe-smoking — as in religion — there is no instant gratification. It might take a man 20 years to find his match. If you have no idea what to begin with, most tobacconists will recommend a 30-40 dollar briarwood pipe:

Or perhaps a good corncob, which can cost as little as 8 dollars, though it will not last as long.

Note that a good briarwood pipe, with proper care, can last the owner his lifetime. In a world where most of our pleasures are designed so that we’ll have to buy them again, let us bow our heads and give thanks.

A pipe-tool. This ingenius device is for tamping, packing and emptying the pipe. What the trident is to Neptune, the pocket knife to the 10-year-old, or the toolbox to the mechanic, the pipe-tool is to the pipe smoker.

Tobacco. I suppose I am here expected to list the various types and blends of pipe tobacco, their relative victories and failures, their effects on the wallet, wife, palate etc., but for two reasons I will resist the temptation. The first is that I am regrettably ignorant on the subject. The second is wrapped up in this fact: The point of pipe-smoking is as much people as it is pleasure; it pays equal regards to Brotherhood as to billowing. Pipe-smoking gives you the rosy-golden opportunity to make friends with your local tobacconist, to learn from his accumulated wisdom on the subject. He is an indispensable but sadly ignored unit of society. He — with all the weight of an oracle — will be glad to find a tobacco suitable to your tastes, more than happy to explain the subtle differences between aromatic and cavendish blends, and — if you are lucky — he’ll complain about the weather and the economy while doing so. If you have no tobacconist, sue your county, and then find the same man within a Grandfather, a professor, or a friend. But begin with a mind to community, and the world will grow a sweeter place. (If you find all this impossible, but are still earnest to try, go here.)

Matches. Get them free with your purchase of tobacco. Their use is self-evident, and to it I would only add that the use of a standard lighter includes the intaking of butane into a man’s mouth, and — if posible — should be avoided for good taste and health.

2. Packing and lighting the pipe.

“A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.” – Indian Proverb

This section in itself is a beautiful reason to smoke a pipe. We live in a culture in which ritual is constantly being replaced with instant gratification. Instead of sex lives, we have pills. Instead of cooking, we have ‘directions for assembling’ at fast- food restaurants. Instead of political thought we have political parties. And instead of the art of pipe-smoking, we have cigarettes. To reclaim one ritual then:

Like loading a gun and firing it into the air to celebrate your half-birthday, packing your pipe may seem self-explanatory, but much depends on how you do it. Realize that a full bowl of tobacco can mean up to an hour of smoking, and choose your desired amount accordingly. Having made your decision decisively, and having done so like a man, fill the pipe by adding ‘batches’ of tobacco at a time, then tamp the result to a consistency using the tamping end of your pipe-tool. (A a screw or nail will do in a pinch.) Pack it too tight and it will be difficult to draw in air. Pack it too loose and it won’t stay lit. While doing this, contemplate how so much in the spiritual life is avoiding both excess and absence, how a life of chastity is not merely the lack of sex but the perfect and proper view of the thing, and how both loose hedonism and tight-lipped puritanism are evils to be destroyed. Until you are best friends with your pipe, and know exactly what amount of packing is necessary for your preferred ‘draw’, take test puffs while tamping it.

To light, strike a match. Hold the match at an angle so you have a little less puniness, and a little more of an eye of Sauron. While doing so, contemplate how Jesus Christ is the light shining in the darkness, and how that darkness shall not overcome it.

Like dees.

Hold the lit match over the packed tobacco — not on it, mind you — and ‘sip’ inward, pulling the flame down onto the tobacco. Move the match around so the tobacco burns evenly. If the tobacco catches on fire, you’ve been ‘sipping’ too hard. If you’re merely singing the top of your tobacco, you’ve been sipping too softly. Practice makes perfect. Once it is lit, that is to say evenly glowing with a warm, sunset red, push that red down — gently, gently, and with multiple, small touches of your tamper — to make sure you draw into the tobacco and do not perform the ultimately futile exercise of keeping a coal lit on top of a pipe. While doing this, contemplate how the fire of the Holy Spirit cannot ever remain mere outward display, but must become an internal reality, keeping you zealous and joyful throughout your life. Give a moment for the pipe to cool, in the same way we allow our unhealthy passions time to diminish, contemplate how things worked for are things better received, and say the following prayer: Bless us oh Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ Our Lord. Amen. Now…

Smoking.

Sips, not sucks or billows, that’s the thing. You are a gentleman and a scholar, not a steam engine, and you would do best to remember the fact. If you puff too aggressively, the pipe will burn hot. This will ruin the taste of the tobacco, burn your tongue and — if done too often — destroy the pipe. The pipe may very well go out. Do not try and keep it lit by puffing; simply relight it. (The depth of application all of this has to the spiritual life is astounding! Should we try to keep the good feelings and emotions of our religion blazing, using them as the indicators of our relationship with God? Absolutely not, lest our religion be nothing more than an emotional opiate. Instead we should seek God, love him with all our hearts and minds. We should allow our relationship with Him to be a reality, not just a fiery emotion. And if we burn out in our efforts — which we all do — let us simply flee back to the source of all love, and be relit.) Sip the tobacco into your mouth, let yourself be delighted by the flavor and the relaxing effect, and then puff it out. Do not inhale. Do not expect perfection on your first pipe. When you’ve finished your pipe, sit back and thank the Lord of Heaven and Earth for His gifts. There are many.

Emptying and cleaning your pipe.

Use the scoop end of your pipe-tool to remove the ashes from your pipe. Contemplate our desperate need for the sacrament of Reconciliation. You may put your pipe away now. If you wish to fully clean your pipe, invest in pipe-cleaners (always shocking to hear of the things in their proper context) and pipe sweetener. Do not scrape off the cake that builds up on the inside of the pipe’s bowl. It prevents burning.

Well done. Like all things worth doing, smoking a pipe only gets better. Learn to blow smoke rings, to pack your pipe using the Frank method, to smoke it upside-down when it is raining, to cut your own tobacco, to whittle your own pipe, to begin a collection…the possibilities are endless. If it is not for you, it is not for you. But for all those for whom it is for, remember, let there be moderation in all things except love.

  • http://catholicnotebook.blogspot.com/ Soutenus

    My great grandmother, a full blooded Cherokee, smoked a corn cob pipe. It was not deemed manly. She and my Dad (her son-in-law) shared many a time smoking together . LOL
    In fact, he endeared himself to her when he presented her with a “store bought” corn cob pipe. She considered it quite fancy and special.
    How culture changes perspectives!

    • Penny Farthing1893

      Aww, that’s so cute. What a cool memory.

  • Mr Tafolla1

    Great article.

  • Mr Tafolla1

    Great article.

  • Kelly

    So where are the links to your proof for pipe smoking being non-addictive and less harmful? My husband has treated a lot of people for lung cancer and I’m not sure you should be reviving the practice just because all the cool Catholics smoked a pipe.

    • Candylandwv

      You don’t inhale pipe tobacco and as he said…”moderation in all things”.

      • Kelly

        You certainly can inhale it because I’ve watched my dad do it all my life. Even if you didn’t, I assume you would be at risk for mouth cancer which isn’t any more pleasant, as well as increased exposure to secondhand smoke.

      • Kelly

        You certainly can inhale it because I’ve watched my dad do it all my life. Even if you didn’t, I assume you would be at risk for mouth cancer which isn’t any more pleasant, as well as increased exposure to secondhand smoke.

        • Marc Barnes

          well you CAN but you shouldn’t.

          • Drmcf

            Most Pipe ‘inhalers’ are former cigarette smokers. That is why previous posters mentioned that no carefully constructed studies have been done. Blood tests show that a bowl is roughly equivalent of 1/3 of a cigarette and it takes three cigarettes daily to create a statistically significant increased risk of lung cancer (higher than say, drinking milk). Most of us don’t even have that kind of time if we wanted to! The biggest risk is long term thermal damage to the mouth. Give your mouth time to recover between pipes, drink water when you puff and save the Scotch till later!

  • http://twitter.com/espressobean21 Sarah Martinez

    I don’t know why it has to “Make men feel less like women.”

    I have never smoked a pipe, though I would like to try it. I have fond memories of my first cigar, lying across the back seat in a dark parking lot, with my two best male friends in the front seat (who purchased the cigar for me, to be there for that milestone).

    But I do agree with Kelly that smoking tobacco is never totally safe. I smoke a cigarette or a cigar only every once in a while. Huxley’s quote is fallacious, as a person can have far more green tea in a day with no harm, than tobacco. _Much_more_ moderation is required.

    And I do think equating tobacco abstainers to Hitler is a little akin to the kid under the bleachers saying, “You have to smoke, or you won’t be cool.”

    • TCISACW

      Yeah, the real question is why Marc feels like a woman in the first place and has to cultivate these outward signs of what he perceives manhood to look like, haha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sergiodavila18 Sergio Davila

    As much as I wanted this to be true, I checked WebMD and it explains that cigar and pipe smoking have the same level of risks and dangers that cigarette smoking carries. It stated that it is a misconception that these forms of smoking are healthier, and at the end of the article, it simply advised cigar and pipe smokers to quit for the sake of their health. I’ve always been curious about pipe smoking, but I think personally, I’ll stay away in light of the risks.

    http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/effects-of-smoking-pipes-and-cigars

    • Tim

      Right that webmd claims that pipe smoking is as risky as smoking cigarettes, but the data on pipe smoking (which are very rare) can’t be fairly compared to the vast research on the addictive properties of cigarettes, which cigarette smokers nearly always inhale. If you look carefully, it’s very hard to find more than a handful of intervention or descriptive studies of pipe smokers that actually track HOW pipe smokers smoke. Yes, it’s possible to inhale from a pipe or a cigar, but few pipe or cigar smokers actually do inhale, partly explaining why so many medical studies don’t even consider pipe smokers to be “smokers” at all. As a guy who’s smoked a few pipes a week since my teenage years, I can affirm that a pipe isn’t the most efficient nicotine or carcinogen delivery mechanism: I’ve never inhaled the smoke and never developed a dependency on tobacco at all. As more than one contributor has said, moderate pipe smoking poses risks, but they’re likely pretty minimal (at least until rigorous, systematic intervention studies track and compare the observable smoking practices of occasional, habitual, and heavy users of tobacco pipes).

      • TCISACW

        Lung cancer isn’t the only issue. When you develop mouth and/or tongue cancer and have to have your tongue removed, or portions of the tissues in your mouth, you’re gonna look real cool and feel real relaxed, right…?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6AAQNZK3PHIFQQ2IQ4XGPTZTI Bigfoot0

      WebMD also said to never put ice on a burn. Which is an extreme falsehood. Almost always should you put ice on a burn. Just sayin, internet isn’t always right.

      • TCISACW

        You should never put ice on a burn, especially a serious one. Cool water, yes, but ice or ice water, no. Even a small amount of ice can create additional damage to the burned area. It’s not an “extreme falsehood” at all.

        Do a google image search on oral cancer and ask yourself if the end results of pipe and cigar smoking are really worth how cool you think you “look” and how manly you “feel” in the long run.

        • Penny Farthing1893

          Actually, you can put ice on a burn as long as the skin isn’t broken and you wrap a cloth or paper towel around the ice first. The issue is that you don’t want the ice to stick to the burn, or cool the tissue too quickly. WebMD often offers one-size-fits-all solutions and tends to err on the side of caution. And most of the oral cancer risk is from chewing tobacco and cigarettes. Why? Because of the amount/frequency of use. The key here is moderation.

          • TCISACW

            The cancer issue is still a crapshoot, and the second hand smoke issues are similar.

            WebMD is serving a general population, and it’s far more practical to offer a general warning about ice. The truth is it’s generally accepted by emergency workers & hospital workers that ice is not the go-to remedy for burns. Cool water is better and less dangerous. It’s better to get the burn under cool water quickly than to futz around looking for things to wrap it in and then ice to put on it, anyway.

            Technically, pipe-smoking may carry less of a risk for cancer than cigarette smoking, but the risk still exists. Tobacco, in all it’s forms, is a Group 1 carcinogen. Period. It’s a known factor in causing cancer in humans, but, hey, as long as someone can “feel” manly, or “look” cool, what the heck, right? Because that’s what it’s all about — the image you project, about feeling good in the moment, not about respecting the body God gave you.

    • Dj722000

      Your quoting something from the internet to make your point? That is like using Wikpedia to make a point. How ever, this is about pipe smoking and here you are. What is the point? Dont like it move on. Dont read it. Has anyone even thought about all the stuff in the air that we breath that causes cancer? But I dont see no one out there putting a stop to that. That means your cell phone, T.V. or cant drive your car etc wont work. We can take that away now can we. We dont tell you how to live your life, dont tell us. Dont like it, dont read it. Dont want to inhale it, stay out of the way of it. Simple as that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sergiodavila18 Sergio Davila

    As much as I wanted this to be true, I checked WebMD and it explains that cigar and pipe smoking have the same level of risks and dangers that cigarette smoking carries. It stated that it is a misconception that these forms of smoking are healthier, and at the end of the article, it simply advised cigar and pipe smokers to quit for the sake of their health. I’ve always been curious about pipe smoking, but I think personally, I’ll stay away in light of the risks.

    http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/effects-of-smoking-pipes-and-cigars

  • Fisherman

    I’d replace “Make you feel less like woman” with “Make you feel more manly.” Everyone wins. Women smoke pipes, broseph.

    • Marc Barnes

      good advice ( ;

    • Karen Willcox

      Thanks, Fisherman. Pipes aren’t only for men! I wish my husband would give up his cigarettes and join me out on the porch for an occasional bowl. No matter how we smoke, we agree that doing it inside is icky.

  • http://twitter.com/carsonweber Carson Weber

    My maternal grandfather smoked a pipe and died of lung cancer ~ age 60.

  • David Casper

    I have the misfortune of being allergic to tobacco. If I were to smoke a pipe, I may just die, like for reals yo. Thus, I can’t really get into this particular post, but I do agree that smoking a pipe makes you look… well… respectable. Intellectual, perhaps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.rasmussen2 Alex Rasmussen

    This icon-like picture of Tolkien would be appropriate here:

    • Marc Barnes

      aaahh thats awesome!!

  • Grey74

    This is the reason why I smoke my pipe! It makes you take time to slow down and contemplate. Awesome article.

  • Jay E.

    Quite an appropriate article considering that Tolkien’s birthday was yesterday. :D

  • UniversallyKate

    My great Uncle Con and Great Uncle Monsignor (Father Marty) to me…both smoked a pipe! Good Lord, I miss them. May perpetual light shine upon them. Death comes to to us all and before it comes to you know this…(name that movie) as Marc points out perhaps an occaisional pipe while contemplating what makes us Catholic will make our time here more worth while! Great article! I always enjoy your blog!

  • UniversallyKate

    My great Uncle Con and Great Uncle Monsignor (Father Marty) to me…both smoked a pipe! Good Lord, I miss them. May perpetual light shine upon them. Death comes to to us all and before it comes to you know this…(name that movie) as Marc points out perhaps an occaisional pipe while contemplating what makes us Catholic will make our time here more worth while! Great article! I always enjoy your blog!

  • BadWolf

    Really? You know what else is good for your mood that many edumacated, dignified men had a habit of doing a century ago? Cocaine.

    It was banned, just like this tar-laced toxin should be.

  • BadWolf

    Really? You know what else is good for your mood that many edumacated, dignified men had a habit of doing a century ago? Cocaine.

    It was banned, just like this tar-laced toxin should be.

  • http://thecatholicsciencegeek.blogspot.com/ The Catholic Science Geek

    I love the image of Gandalf smoking his pipe besides Bilbo Baggins as much as the next Lord of the Rings fan…and I think that iconic picture of Tolkien smoking his pipe is extremely endearing in a grandpa-ish sense…but all the inhalation toxicology research I did for my graduate thesis and all those environmental health sciences courses I’ve taken since are making me scream “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DON’T DO IT!!!!”

    • TCISACW

      Exactly. I can watch Paul Henried light two cigarettes at once and then hand one to Bette Davis in Now, Voyager all day long and think it _looks_ cooler than heck, but I’m smart enough to know what smoking really _is_, as opposed to how it looks. But then, I’m still not stuck in that high school mentality of needing to look cool 24/7.

    • Random passerby

      You’re not supposed to inhale pipe smoke.

  • http://thecatholicsciencegeek.blogspot.com/ The Catholic Science Geek

    I love the image of Gandalf smoking his pipe besides Bilbo Baggins as much as the next Lord of the Rings fan…and I think that iconic picture of Tolkien smoking his pipe is extremely endearing in a grandpa-ish sense…but all the inhalation toxicology research I did for my graduate thesis and all those environmental health sciences courses I’ve taken since are making me scream “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DON’T DO IT!!!!”

  • Jen

    This just confirmed my love for your blog and witty cantor! Love the post and keep ‘em coming

  • Jen

    This just confirmed my love for your blog and witty cantor! Love the post and keep ‘em coming

  • Michael

    Man, if you lived down here in Louisiana we would make the best of smoking buddies!

  • Michael

    Man, if you lived down here in Louisiana we would make the best of smoking buddies!

  • Ellie

    “If any would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his pipe and follow Me.” Amen!

  • http://arkanabar.blogspot.com/ Arkanabar

    Marc, I am going to reiterate:
    DO NOT HOST YOUR IMAGES ON TRIPOD!!

    You don’t want to know the amount of work I had to go through to be able to see that image right under the heading, “Smoking.” All I got was Tripod’s “Image Hosted by Tripod” placeholder image. Please, please, please, start using http://imageshack.us instead. If you need to resize your images b/c of arbitrary size limits, then download and use the GIMP for that purpose.

  • Friar Chuck

    Ah, a chink in your armor: with the exception of delicious, none of the arguments in your paragraph are backed by any evidence and in fact, they are false. And trust me, I know – I smoked a pipe with regularity for 20 years, and still own several pipes that I keep as works of art. Still have all the tools, including a lighter that uses lighter fluid, not butane and has a design specifically for pipes. So I appreciate that one may enjoy a pipe, but please be honest with yourself: it’s because you enjoy it, not because it is healthy or cool or really any of the reasons you state. I also think that many of the people you show smoking pipes wouldn’t if they lived today, and know what we know about the health risks.

  • Friar Chuck

    Oh, and one more thing – the health dangers are not limited to cancer. Some people are basically resistant to cancer genetically. My father smoked pipes (Prince Albert in a can) and 2+ packs of unfiltered Luckies a day from the time he was in his early teens until he was about 40, then he switched to filtered cigarettes as a concession to my mother and the surgeon general. But tobacco of any kind – smoked or smokeless – raises the pulse and blood pressure and my dad was cancer free, but died from a stroke. SO put that in your pipe and smoke it. Pun so intended…

  • Erik Feltes

    Great article. Pipes are a hobby of mine, as is carving pipes. Check out St. John Kemble as another great catholic pipe smoker.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidJMorgan500 David J. Morgan

    It’s funny you write this, I have seriously been considering taking up a pipe. Perhaps coincidental or maybe the Holy Spirit thinks its not a bad idea either. I’m just sayin maybe thats all…

  • Miss Doyle

    And the last step, get some good health insurance and be prepared to stop smoking at least a week before the surgeon has to do some cardio-thoracic surgery on you to give you another couple of months/years of smoking pleasure left.
    I usually applaud your posts Marc, but you’re too intelligent to die prematurely from tobacco related illnesses. My grandmother passed away two years ago, smoked like a chimney then got dementia (from smoking), then a stroke. Not nice.

    • Penny Farthing1893

      Although there are of course health risks with any smoking, it’s very difficult and unusual to smoke pipes “like a chimney”. It takes more effort to prepare than just popping out another cigarette, and it can be quite pricey (although in most civilized places loose tobacco is not taxed as heavily as cigarettes). There is a big difference between enjoying an occasional pipe and smoking a couple packs of cigarettes each day, just as there is a difference between a glass of wine with dinner and drinking a case of beer every day. Neither can strictly be said to be “good for you” (although red wine might be?), but occasional indulgence for the sake of simple enjoyment is not risky enough to be immoral.

    • Bayneriley

      Smoking does the contrary actually. It is known to prevent the onset of dementia which is one of it’s very few benefits.

      • Penny Farthing1893

        Well, yes and no. While it can certainly do that, anything that restricts blood/oxygen flow to the brain is not great for long-term mental acuity. However, the occasional pipe will not gum up ones cerebral blood flow.

      • Miss Doyle

        You wish Byneriley!

  • http://knowledgehungry.wordpress.com/ Jeanne G.

    Although I don’t think any kind of smoking is a very good idea, I don’t see the harm in an OCCASIONAL pipe. I do really like your linking of the process with the realities of the Faith. That part is beautiful.

  • Eamonn Gaines

    Don’t forget the pipe smokers’ heavenly patron, St John Kemble
    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08616a.htm

  • Quid est Veritas?

    Feeling controversial today?

  • Worthington_eric

    Good article. Got my first pipe this Christmas. Enjoying it thus far. So many terrible comments! What a bunch of pansies!

  • Anonymous

    Marc- you make the mama bear in me want to smack you upside the head. Do you want kids? Don’t start any habits you don’t want your kids to pick up eventually. Also, keep in mind if you get married, your spouse may not allow smoking in the house once the babies start coming. Jussssssssayin’!

    • DerpyHooves

      So what your saying is, smoking a pipe is bad, but violence is fair game? Typical American attitude, smoking = BAD, sex = BAD, but violence and guns and what-not = ACECAKES!

      • Babs5

        That’s right, the temptation to smack someone upside the head is the EXACT SAME THING as approving of violence and guns and what-not. You are adorable.

  • LMishela

    Thank you, Friar Chuck:

    “So I appreciate that one may enjoy a pipe, but please be honest with yourself: it’s because you enjoy it, not because it is healthy or cool or really any of the reasons you state.”

    Enjoyment is just that. It is not good for you nor spiritual nor laudable… it is just what it is. Don’t get confused. And don’t turn your enjoyment of intoxication into propaganda, please… Hitler is a lovely example of the truth that a little knowledge can be worse than none at all.

    • LMishela

      That said, I enjoy the image of a pipe. Very classic. But I would not encourage anyone to smoke for the sake of an emotional image.

  • Steve

    Tobacco sharpens the mind and provides enjoyment much like coffee. In fact, American was founded in large part by tobacco production and consumption. Who could work long hours in the field without some sort of temporal enjoyment?

    We had much more civilized world when kindred spirits could share a smoke or even a drink. The demise of the small town pub, harmless drinking during or after work and the easy socializing around smoking due to the numerous layers of laws inspired by puritans and health nazis who believe its not enough for them to make an individual choice not to smoke or imbibe, but that they should also make that choice for everyone else.

    Welcome to America’s most persecuted minority club!

    • TCISACW

      “Who could work long hours in the field without some sort of temporal enjoyment?”

      Slaves…?

  • gitlance

    To those of you who oppose the temperate use of tobacco, I would suggest reading Chesterton’s “On American Morals.” You mind find it here:

    http://fisheaters.com/onamericanmorals.html

  • Meckley

    Once again, this blog speaks my own thoughts better than i could have expressed them myself. I smoke in moderation and absolutely love it. Definitely a soul-soothing and contemplative experience. The amateur research I’ve done is pretty inconclusive as to the health effects of pipe smoking (the non-inhaling, every-week-or-so kind). Even if I lose five years or so, I think I would rather give up the bit of old age for a whole life enriched by pipe smoking. Survival is not the most important part of living.

  • Tally Marx

    You sound with pipes the way my parents sound with wine…

  • Holly in Nebraska

    My father smokes a pipe and has before I was born. I learned to pack a pipe as a matter of survival; my father would try to drive the car with his knees as he packed it. It scared me to death! So the alternatives were 1) drive the car from the passenger’s side–also scary for a 11 year old, or 2) learn to pack his pipe.

    Here is the tip he gave me and I pass on to you: Pack like a child; pack like a woman; pack like a man. This means that the first batch in should be lightly packed; the second batch more tightly packed; and the last one very tightly packed. This allows for good air flow. Enjoy!

  • BadWolf

    Why not go a step further. Maybe you smokers could all get together in the name of “Brotherhood” and practice suffocating yourselves. It would be cheaper and quicker.

    I want a cooler way too die.

  • Michelle Thuldanin

    Yeah, I think it’s the tar and nicotine and lord knows what else that cigarette manufacturers add that is bad for you. I don’t even like cigarette smoking, hate it in fact, but something about pipe smoke, especially cherry or vanilla, is like a little slice of heaven.

  • Patrick Ferriter

    To all the pansies, poser, and weaklings!
    Nowhere in this article did the author encourage smoking in the house or wafting the billowing smoke into the face of an infant…so that anti-pipe argument is an EPIC fail. Also, some people didn’t quite pick up what the author is putting down- We LIKE smoking and don’t mind that our sons see us enjoying this fragrant past time with their uncles, friends and priests. So the argument of “you don’t want your kids to see you partaking in a bad habit”… also an epic fail, we don’t think it’s a bad habit! I think the more common bad habit is for your kids to see you walking around texting or with your cell phone glued to your face. We have forgotten what face to face contact and fellowship is suppose to look like.

    Finally, and perhaps the most disturbing for some is the cold fact that…you are going to die! At best, you get 100 years or so. But the truth is, I could drop dead before I finish this………………………… Nope, I am still here. The truth is, you could live to be 102 and die peacefully your bed, you could die in a ball of flame in a car accident on your way to church this Sunday, you could be taken by a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or an unidentified object falling out of the sky and hitting you. Who knows? I don’t! But why live as though you have any control over it. A pipe is a catalyst for great conversation, a moment of peace and contemplation, or a means to keep the bugs out of your face. I know a man who never smoked a day in his life yet was nearly taken by throat cancer last year. Contrarily, my in-laws grandfather smoked cigarettes from the time he entered the Marine Corp and was shipped to Guadalcanal to the day he died, he also ate a bacon sandwich nearly every day for lunch. He died at age 96 with all his wits about him…. Let your guard down and enjoy what little time you have. These are, by the way, just a few of God’s gifts that may endanger our earthly constitution…. LIVE- don’t just sit around and watch!

    P.S. – I also skydive, ski, climb and drive too fast, anybody want to go?

    • Anonymous

      Dang Patrick, no need to get your boxers bunched. My point is that things change when you have kids and priorities, like enjoying a smoke, or a few beers every night might be something you wish you never started. I can say these things standing from a perspective of experience since I had to give up smoking socially in order to be with my awesome husband who finds the smell of cigarettes repulsive. (So hard, but very definitely worth it!) And truth be told, had someone offered the same advice I did, I’m not sure it would have made a difference. But now that I have kids and a husband I consider the future before taking something up that will probably become a habit. No one is saying not to ever take a risk.

      I also drive too fast, but that bad habit start after I had kids.

      • Joe Pitt

        Oh god, smoking nazis. Pipes are not cigarettes, there are differences. Smoking a pipe is relaxing, contemplating and just plain cool. You don’t inhale pipes so you save your lungs (although you do get some nicotine, which is part of the experience). And many pipe tobaccos smell pretty darn good. With that I have no problem with cigarette smokers either. People need to toughen up, I hope I smoke a pipe for the rest of my life.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-L-David/1373894504 Brian L. David

        Interesting… I am a pipe smoker but casually. I have been cigarette free for over 11 years. Regardless… The funny thing is I too quit for my wife, etc.. Have kids… But I also, even while a smoker, I could not stand or breath anyone’s second hand smoke…. Still can’t.

      • IhateStupidPeople

        Your whole premises is that it’s a bad habit. It seems you’ve let your mindset be conditioned by “society”. Why would a few beers every night be something I wish I never started? Because I don’t want my kids to see it?
        I’d rather them see me respecting alcohol than to pretend like it’s something to stay away from. Hell, I have a margarita in the morning sometimes…but you’d probably freak out about that just like most of ignorant society would.

        I could say the same thing about video games (which I highly enjoy)…but that would be absurd. So what if someone will have a spouse and kids…so fucking what? There are ways to fix those situations so everyone is happy. Your post is laughable.

    • http://twitter.com/mdbarriault Mike B.

      I am thinking a bacon sandwich sounds mighty good right now.

    • TCISACW

      Sky-dive & climb to your heart’s content. Hey, go discount bungee cord jumping, too !

      When you drive “too fast” (aka “breaking the law and endangering the lives of others”), however, that does become other people’s business, and when you brag about it, you just end up looking like the selfish prick you are.

      The ability to please ourselves regardless of the negative side effects is not a gift from God. That’s a gift from Satan. He’s cackling his head off at the though of you ridiculous little boys all loudly and proudly promoting reckless, selfish behavior.

      • Truth hurts

        So in reality even if smoke killed you eventually and you lived a good honest life wouldn’t that just quicken your path to god and maybe you and him can have a nice smoke together one eternity beauty is in the eye of the beholder mate savy

    • Bitterpeace

      Settle down Corky. You need to try smoking something a little stronger. Smoke yourself to death. Nobody cares as much as you think they do.

    • Jeremy

      I need buddies like you.. Skydiving, driving fast, and snowboarding are my things..

  • Blayneriley

    Great article! I love pipe smoking in the winter. I am tired of all these health nazis telling us what to do. Why should we be so temporally attached to this earth and worried so much about aspects of moderation when we mustn’t be immoderate in regards to our soul. I’ll smoke and drink with friends moderately and this leads to evangelisation. I am blessed the Spirit has brought people back to faith in this avenue. God bless, let’s not judge others.

  • Penny Farthing1893

    This is wonderful, and quite beautifully written. This magazine may be of interest to you – I couldn’t track down a specific article on pipes, but there are many, and reading through their archives is worth the search:

    http://www.thechap.net/content/section_manifesto/index.html

  • RSW

    A few words may reduce the trial and error involved for a new pipe smoker learning how to pack a pipe: Add tobacco to the bowl in maybe three pinches to fill it, with the tobacco that goes in first packed more lightly and the tobacco that goes in last packed most densely. Too loose will burn too fast and too hot. The tobacco will pack down as you tamp it down as it burns.

    And, as it’s common for new pipesmokers smoke their pipes too hot, start with a pipe that has thicker rather than thinner wood around the bowl, like the pipe being filled in the picture. It’ll distribute the heat better while a smoker learns, and the pipe will last longer.

    The pipe in that picture is a good example of a pipe that won’t make you look like a loon, as well. A nice straight saddle billiard will work too.

  • rosemarie kury

    I love the smell of pipe tobacco, and my dad and grandfather would occasionally smoke one. However, I learned that this too can lead to cancer (of the lip or mouth) so if you’re going to do this please be aware of the danger.

  • http://www.deaconcast.com/ Deacon Bill

    Been a pipe smoker since I was 15. I’ve cut back considerably over the last few years, but find it very relaxing and enjoyable. Thinking about starting… invest in a good pipe or three. A quality pipe will literally last you your whole adult life. Find good leaf. Thry to

    I still have a nice collection of very good pipes and have managed to stockpile enough (properly stored) fine tobaccos to carry me through retirement.

    Ex pipe smokers may contact me and donate meerschaum, briar and leaf to my retirement fund. I’m particularly fond of Dunhill and Tim West pipes.

    As to the health issue…. come on…. humans naturally do not breath in smoke…. so the lung health thing is a no brainer. What we are talking about here is moderation and occasion. Wine, tobacco, rich foods, ice cream, all have health risks in excess. Again, moderation. Thanks for the article and might I suggest a bowl of W.O. Larson signature if you like it sweet, McClelland’s Christmas blend for smooth, mellow and natural. For an extra treat, Esoterica’s Penzence is a great choice, especially with a nice single-malt.

    If you try these and don’t like them, remember my retirement fund :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6AAQNZK3PHIFQQ2IQ4XGPTZTI Bigfoot0

    To all you haters out there, to all you lovers out there: Haters gonna hate, Lovers gonna love. Additionally, Critics gonna criticize. This is an EPIC blogpost! Haters gonna hate the post for the fact it talks about smoking *ghasp* oh the horrors!!!! But it isn’t as bad as a mortal sin, nor is it a sin in moderation. Lovers gonna love because it turns puffin-the-ol-pipe into something awesomely Catholic and religious. As long as it is in moderation, there is nothing bad about it. In fact, if you are somewhat lacking in the art of silence or meditation or taking a break from the world around us, I think picking up a pipe will do you some good. The negative effects of smoking are minimized by smoking with a pipe, and in moderation. And seriously, to the cancer crowd, everything causes cancer these days, reading this on a screen causes cancer. So you, yes you, are looking at something cancer causing right now. Everyone better get off these electronic devices because they cause cancer!!!! However, we all know that will never happen. And finally, to anyone who thinks their children will be influenced badly by seeing a respectable adult in their life smoking, you might want to thow out the TV first. Just sayin. Let’s see, what will cause the bad effect? Seeing their wise and loving grandfather using a pipe? Or a bunch of their friends with cigs? You be the judge. I didn’t want to offend anyone, just wanted to help out with a solid paragraph of intense ADHD. That’s all folks.

  • Coast Ranger

    I’ve always said when I get rich I’ll hire someone to smoke a pipe for me. I love the smell but have always found the taste bitter.

  • Michael

    Marc I’m curious to know what your favorite blends are to smoke.

  • Leeny

    While I was growing up my dad smoked a pipe maybe once or twice a year. I would watch him in fascination. Unlike my mother’s cigarettes my dad’s pipe tobacco smelled good and I didn’t mind it. Good memories. Great article, Marc, loved it!

  • TCISACW

    Cultivating an addiction does not make you a man. Perhaps smoking a pipe may make some insecure little twerp FEEL more “manly”, but pipe smoking is no less an addiction than cigarette or cigar smoking, and as such only makes the smoker look like he’s a slave to either a) an addiction to tobacco or b) an addiction to what other people think.

    The truth about tobacco in any form is that it is a Group 1 carcinogen, right there on the same list as birth control pills.

    So I guess tobacco makes some poor silly boy about as manly as birth control pills make girls “womanly”.

    • Tre

      ” … pipe smoking is no less an addiction than cigarette or cigar smoking …” and “only makes the smoker look like he’s a slave to either a) an addiction to tobacco or b) an addiction to what other people think”

      Someone isn’t paying close attention to the material posted here or to the available evidence. Like several other posters here, I smoke a pipe and am hardly addicted (though I’ve conceded before that pipe smoking can lead to a dependency if one inhales). Abuse of any substance can lead to compulsive behavior; in some cases, it can lead to chemical dependency. The two processes are hardly synonymous, nor is the relationship between the behavior and the consequences necessarily causal.

      No pipe smoker I know has a chemical addiction. This common but no less spurious equation of moderate pipe (or cigar) smoking with cigarette addiction is completely misleading.

      And is the “poseur” critique really relevant here? If we want to talk about “addiction,” let’s use the term accurately and appropriately.

      • TCISACW

        Okay, good. So, as I suspected, he’s merely the usual insecure little boy who craves attention and approval. ~yawn~

        Ooh, look at the widdle college boy smoking a pipe! How rad, how sophisticated, how oh-so-counter-cultural!

        Next thing you know, the little twink is going to start sporting an ascot and a smoking jacket…

        And this is different from sucking down PBRs and Parliaments exactly how…?

        Right.

        The thing is if you’re going to claim being a Group 1 known carcinogen is a valid argument against birth control pills, you can’t then blow off the fact that tobacco, including pipe tobacco, is ALSO a Group 1 known carcinogen.

        This pipe-smoking thing on the part of this child is merely a rather boring affectation.

        Smoke your piple all you want. But definitely google those oral cancer images. That’s real charming stuff. Big hit with the ladies…

        • Penny Farthing1893

          It is entirely different from sucking down PBRs because no gentlemen who would enjoy a good briar while doffing his Trilby to all and sundry passing Ladies would be seen dead downing watery American pilsners. That is what ale is for. And since pipes ought to be smoked outdoors, a smoking jacket wouldn’t be at all suitable. Some nice tweeds would be sufficient, and on chilly evenings, something like a surplus RAF trench coat would be nice, speaking of being a hit with the ladies…

          • TCISACW

            And that wasn’t gay AT ALL….LOL!!! Honey, the only place those things are a hit with the, er, “ladies” is a few nasty little clubs in the Castro.

            ALL tobacco gives you nasty horrible breath, dirty yellow teeth, and, ultimately, serious health issues.

            Soooo sexy…oooh! Hacking up phlegm, mottled, dull skin, yellow teeth, rancid breath…oh, boy, where do I sign up!

      • stratoman

        I t has always frustrated me the way addiction and dependence are confused. If the addiction to nicotine were the main factors quitting smoking would be easy. Its the dependence that is so hard to overcome. Hell the physical addiction is over in a matter of days. I have nothing against pipe smoking and have a real issue with do gooders telling us how to live. But people should understand that should you want to quit I suspect it will be just as hard as quiting cigerettes. With that said….
        I have a friend who has an extremely hard time keeping his weight down
        and finds if he smokes in the evening he stays away from eating and is able to stay slimmer. Even his doctor grudgingly admits that he’s healthier when he smokes a bit. Since he has sugar issues his weight is a problem. We all should have the the freedom to make our choices based on our own circumstances and people should let us be.

    • Boris G

      Wow! -what a lot of smoke – A person can lose their health – yes – and that’s a terrible thing,especially if it’s due to living irresponsibly.The worst thing of all though is to see someone who cant say no to such a little thing as a cigarette. But most beautiful of all is to see someone who CAN say yes to something or no as they please even if it is a pipe! FREEDOOOOOOM!

      • TCISACW

        So, because I say “no” to tobacco of all kinds, but because you decide it’s safe to just dabble in it, I’m the slave to an addiction here…mmmkay.

        See, being a slave to other people’s perception of you is every bit as much an addiction as an alcohol addiction, tobacco addiction, or drug addiction.

        When you make doing as you please your god, it’s hardly a “beautiful” thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JohnMichaelGeorge John Michael

          Do you ever eat cheese burgers, fries…greasy foods in general? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cheese burgers and would LOVE to get my hands on one now (can’t due to where I currently live) but those types of things are horrible for your arteries and overall health. For that matter, so is not getting regular exercise, but I’d have to admit that I have fallen short in that area since becoming married and having three children (not to self, exercise more.)

          I’ve been reading through these responses and it’s not your disdain for tobacco use that I don’t understand, many people share that, but it’s your overall angry tone makes me wonder. Is it the fact that some of choose to do something that you disagree with that is so unsettling?

          I occasionally enjoy a pipe, and very commonly enjoy the brotherhood amongst pipe smokers (of which I think nearly any of us would admittedly confess to,) both of which ease any anger left by the day’s trials and have brought great joy to my life.

          You certainly are very welcome to your opinion in this matter as much as myself or anyone else. I choose to smoke my pipe and fellowship with those who enjoy the same. I would NEVER deliberately allow this practice of mine to intrude on you and would find it sinful for anyone to knowingly do so. That being said, I would encourage you to find a practice in life that promotes calmness. For me, it is the pipe and the community that belongs to it.

          BTW…I’d like to add that I am not a Catholic…but I do tolerate a few from time to time, ;)

  • Del

    Dear Marc — and everyone else who understands why the Surgeon General’s report commented that pipe and cigar smokers live a bit longer than non-smokers –

    Please consider joining our lively discussion forum over at http://www.christianpipesmokers.net

    Our favorite food is “bacon.” You’ll need to know that in order to log on.

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  • Joshua C.

    Fantastic article. I haven’t had a smoke for several months because I just don’t have the time, but this is a great reminder of why smoking a pipe occasionally is a great idea. Pipes require some forethought before you can indulge, and the time required to smoke encourages contemplation; both are things that happen far too infrequently these days.

    I also love how you make the distinction between ritual and addiction. This is a fantastic way to describe the differences between cigarette smoking and pipe smoking. The former is (usually) almost masturbatory, with smokers gripped by a sudden urge which they rush outside to fulfill by puffing furiously. Pipe smoking is calm, measured, and deliberate.

    Of course, there are some people who smoke pipes purely out of the desire to project a certain image, but even then I would say that at a least they are chasing a praiseworthy image.

  • http://pursuedbytruth.blogspot.com/ Theresa

    I swear, we must be digging in the same vein in God’s goldmine or something, (granted the only parallel is talk of a corncob pipe and religion but seriously what are the chances?): http://pursuedbytruth.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-smokes-corncob-pipe.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.alford1 Aaron Alford

    I found this blog from the ‘Hate Religion’ video.

    I knew there was another reason I liked this fellow. Thank-you for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/badyouthspeaker Chris Whitler

      AAAAaaaaay. Thanks for the link :)

      Your friend,

      C

  • Darth Parallax

    In comes is PIPES?! I’m getting one.

  • Darth Parallax

    In comes is PIPES?! I’m getting one.

  • Brianapat

    My papa smoked a pipe, and to this day, when I get a sniff of pipe smoke, I follow it like a bloodhound on a trail. I hunt the old men down and just stand by them, inhaling. Yankee Candle has a great candle that smells like it, too. But, so I could ahve it around all the time, I actually bought my Dh a pipe, and fully encouraged him to lite one up. Now, if I could get him to grow a stache…

  • NOLA_Sem

    sir, you are an inspiration. This must be why the seminarians like to smoke pipes!

  • nishamarythomas

    Sounds awesome. But my only concern would be mouth cancer… Don’t fully know the implications smoking a pipe would have on it though, so I clam up here.

  • Old World Swine

    Ah! This post makes me smile.

    Don’t mind the hysterical naysayers. I smoke a pipe 2-3 times a week, and I know full well that food is a FAR greater looming health concern for me… and spobably for many of your critics! I have never experienced for a pipe anything like the kind of positive, visceral craving that I have for a cookie.

    I smoke outdoors, or in my “den”, which is not connected to the rest of the house. Not because I’m afraid my family will contract some disease from second-hand (or third-hand, or fourth…) smoke, but because I know the smell does linger on walls and furniture, and not everyone appreciates it. My wife is happy to let me govern my own habits, thank you, and I don’t think she really would have *wanted* a husband who came to ask her permission every time he thought of taking up a hobby or pursuing an interest.

    Without going into details, and with full knowledge of the minor risks involved, I can attest to all the positive benefits of pipe smoking… NOT cigarettes or cigars, but a pipe.

    Thanks for this post. To the hand-wringers… your concerns have been duly noted.

  • Old World Swine

    Ah! This post makes me smile.

    Don’t mind the hysterical naysayers. I smoke a pipe 2-3 times a week, and I know full well that food is a FAR greater looming health concern for me… and spobably for many of your critics! I have never experienced for a pipe anything like the kind of positive, visceral craving that I have for a cookie.

    I smoke outdoors, or in my “den”, which is not connected to the rest of the house. Not because I’m afraid my family will contract some disease from second-hand (or third-hand, or fourth…) smoke, but because I know the smell does linger on walls and furniture, and not everyone appreciates it. My wife is happy to let me govern my own habits, thank you, and I don’t think she really would have *wanted* a husband who came to ask her permission every time he thought of taking up a hobby or pursuing an interest.

    Without going into details, and with full knowledge of the minor risks involved, I can attest to all the positive benefits of pipe smoking… NOT cigarettes or cigars, but a pipe.

    Thanks for this post. To the hand-wringers… your concerns have been duly noted.

  • Adiutricem

    This article inspired me to buy a pipe.

  • Kat

    There was an elderly priest at my parish who would smoke a pipe at church community get-togethers; probably the classiest thing I’d ever seen in my life.

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  • Jublets

    I’ve been thinking through for several weeks now (probably hitting near two-three months) whether I want to get a Pipe, Cigars, or electronic cigarette stuff. But you know, I looked at some of the comments here, and I finally made a decision about what I’m going to do.
    Screw this- I’m getting a Pipe, and I’m going to enjoy the thing!

  • aguafiesta

    Nice thoughts.

    I`ve been a pipe smoker on and off several times in my life. Pipe when life was smooth, turning to cigarettes in more strenous times. Nealy two years ago I quit smoking.Now I miss it sorely, feel strongly tempted to begin again, maybe a pipe or two a day. But I fear I shan`t be that moderate, I fear I`ll be back to twenty a day.

    Enjoy your smoke, you smokers. Best regards from 55 years a smoker.

  • Jjoshpaulsomerville

    I don’t understand all the negative posters? If you don’t want to smoke don’t smoke, no one is going to force you. But keep your noses out of other people’s business. I believe God’s going to call me home when he wants. If he’s going to do that via tobacco so what? Plus it is much cooler than cigarettes.

  • Dj722000

    Why is everyone on a kick about pipes and cancer? I know people that have smoked for years and years and not one sign of cancer. I know people that has never smoked once and have gotten cancer. However, it is a risk factor. Not a fact. It is knowin that skin cells die and are replaced, it is also knowin that when this part of the cycle fails, it is when cancer raises its ugly head. This can happen to anyone. not just smokers. I think it is funny that when your in for a exam the Doc is all over you about smoking, when you leave, there outside smoking. DUH! This blog is about pipe smoking, you knew it when you got here, why did you read then a leave a stupid reply about cancer? Dont like it leave. What about all your McD’s, burger king and other unhealthy food you eat that causes cancer. Were not on you how to live, dont get on us.

  • CloseEnough

    I’m pretty doubtful of people who say pipes are as dangerous as cigarettes (some idiots say they’re more dangerous!). I think that as long as you dont smoke 50 bowls of pipe tobacco a day or some ungodly number like that, the risks don’t outweigh the benefits.

  • Tannon

    I smoked tobacco out of a pipe and I would take one huge rip at a time for 3 or 4 times, then let the pipe go out and cool off, and I used a bic lighter. I never tasted the butane and I smoked to get the nicotine.
    I was addicted and am still going through the withdrawals because nicotine is highly addictive no matter how you slice it (or suck it into your mouth instead of your lungs). It wouldn’t have been enjoyable for me to take small puffs. I suppose that says something about my spiritual state.

  • Mach 1

    On average I smoke three bowls of tobacco a week. This has been my custom for over thirty years. I have no plans of ever stopping.

  • Jonny

    i smoke a pipe and will disagree on one point. there is nothing wrong with butane lighters. i will never use a match though. they stink.

  • Master Harold

    Here is my take on it all. First were told that eggs are bad and meat is bad and everything is bad, 6 months later “THEY” tell you the opposite. So I eat drink and smoke the way I want to because it does not matter You will die of something that is put in everything we do. So do what makes you happy.

  • Titus Greenwell

    Pipe smoking was not only popular nowadays but in the past eras too. Adult people are usually the one who are smoking with the use of pipes.

    Bubblers

  • Dylan

    From one writer to another, I commend you sir: this is easily the best article I’ve ever read in my life.

  • AEM

    Looking at the top picture, I recognized Lewis, Tolkien, Einstein, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Gandalf, Shaw, Twain, Russell, and Conan Doyle. Who are the other two?

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  • menachem

    I originally googled pipe jokes and thought I would read this when it came up in my search. Didn’t realize this is a catholic forum. First I thought it was a joke to say a prayer until the religious theme continued. Then it occured to me that this is a Christian site. Being Jewish, I don’t buy into the Jesus thing, but thought the comparisons to at least spirituality was kinda neat. My grandfather was a Blackfoot indian and smoked a pipe all the time, part of what attracted me to the pipe…that and, of course, Sherlock Holmes. Interesting article and philosophy. It’s a real shame that men AND women have lost touch with a time-honored and religious (at least to the Indians) endeavor.

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  • Mike

    Is there anything that can be smoked in a pipe, as a substitute for tobacco, and which would be safer?

    • That Guy

      Mullein mixed with a touch of sacred lotus. If you still want the taste of tobacco, grow/get some Nicotiana rustica and mix it with the mullien. Mullein itself has actually been shown to be fairly healthy, actually preventing cancer.Mullein is also soothing to the lungs.

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  • Sheamus Warior

    Your contents are moving ahead with days persevere guys.green smoke

  • Christian A>W

    Just wanted to say something in corresponding with a certain comment in this post — a lot of pipe smokers do inhale (including myself), some don’t. Its like coffee; some people drink it with caffeine and all, sometime drink it decaf just for the taste..

  • VanessaElizebeth

    Well written article.I had smoked several times but never tried with pipe.Now i am much eager to try out this.cvformat.org

  • cisamrita

    Smoking pipe is more in trend so what is the big deal if they smoke, they also know that how it is effective an dhow it is not.

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  • Canuck17

    didn’t realize this was a religious site but i will enjoy my pipe every Sunday morning while reading the davinci code and using my old crucifix as a backscratcher

  • Mach 1

    I smoke on average three bowls per week. Because smoking a pipe is non-addictive. I have gone over a month without smoking. My wife enjoys an occasional smoke as well. She is a fan of the mild blends. Cheers.

  • Cody Reed

    so manly. so classy. I aprove.

    Plus, you’ve inspired me to start carving pipes. Woodworking is another beautiful manly pastime, that can be done either in isolation with Christ and St. Joseph or in brotherhood with good manly friends.

  • Anonymoose

    Just to make things clear.
    There is nothing religious about smoking a pipe.
    You can be as religious about it as you want.
    But it’s totally optional.


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