Smoking is a cultural thing, and linked tightly with our history. The Founding Fathers smoked their pipes while signing the Declaration of Independence. Sir Walter Raleigh, one of the first colonizers of America, grew and smoked his own tobacco. Even James Bond was often seen with a pipe. No matter what you think of smokers, you must understand that smoking is a root of our culture, and our species, and that it will always be around.
So, you have decided that it is time to start smoking a pipe or cigar. Maybe you have long looked at those of us who do, and thought it would be fun to try. Maybe you are just looking for something to relax you at the end of the night. Maybe you are trying to bring back fond memories of your family. No matter what your reason, now that you are interested in smoking, you need to make sure that it is the right thing for you.
Throughout human existence, people have smoked pipes.
Why are you Smoking?
Whether your interest in smoking pipes or cigars comes from one of the reasons I mentioned above, or something else, you need to be sure that you are smoking for the right reason. Smoking to look cool is never a good reason, and it shouldn’t be yours. Smoking simply because your friends do is also not a good reason. You should smoke because you like the smell or taste, because it relaxes you, or simply because you want to. Do not smoke — or do anything really — simply because it makes you look cool, or like a bad-ass.
If you have ever smoked cigarettes, marijuana, or other substances, you probably think you know what to expect, but you will be surprised. Cigars and pipes are extremely hard to light, and they are harder still to keep lit. Additionally, you do not inhale; instead, you simply draw in the smoke, savor it, and then release it. You should also know that while the tobacco is much cheaper than cigarettes, pipes are extremely expensive, and they do need replacing. This is different from almost anything else you have tried before, so be ready.