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There have been many topics where pipe smokers ask each other whether or not they smoke their lovely pipes out in public. Many older gentlemen have no problems smoking out amongst the populace, however, younger smokers are of a mixed opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
Pipe tobacco is certainly different from cigarette tobacco and RYO (roll your own) tobacco. These companies, after learning of a 2000% tax increase, repackaged their product as pipe tobacco to fraudulently hide from having to pay those taxes. This is hurting the REAL pipe tobacco industry because now the anti-smoking advocates and tax hungry mongrels are proposing that pipe tobacco be taxed the same as these RYO tobaccos. The Tobacco Tax Bureau (TTB) has made a definition between the two, which could save pipe tobacco from harm. If there’s a way to help define the differences and keep the pipe tobacco industry from harm, then I think we should step up and tell them that this needs to be pushed up on their priority list. Just click the link and follow the directions. It takes less than 5 minutes and is extremely easy to do.
Luciano Catini is the president and owner of his own line of pipes and the president of his local pipe club, Pipe Cigar Club of Fermo, in Italy. More about Mr. Catini can be found on his site, Catini Pipe.
I was given the opportunity, pleasure, and challenge to try one of Mr. Catini’s pipes, then tell you folks my thoughts on the craftsmanship and experience I’ve had with the pipe of my own choosing.
The above article is something I’ve felt and have commented on before. This is not a hobby that should die just because people think it’s antiquated or harmful from the tobacco.
Inherently, yes, tobacco is bad health-wise, but in my opinion, that’s not for any government or institution to decide. I’m a grown man, I can and will make the choice for myself, knowing the risks.
I got an email from Pipesmagazine.com letting the community know that the government is proposing a huge tax increase on tobacco products.
H.R. 4439, the Tobacco Tax Parity Act of 2010 was introduced on January 13, 2010 and would raise the tax on pipe tobacco 775% from $2.8311 to $24.78 per pound.
Now, in fairness, I can understand a slight tax increase, even though I don’t agree with it. But this?! It’s just unspeakably ridiculous.
There’s a petition that everyone can sign and have emails and/or letters sent to our congressmen and senators. Follow the link below.
Now, what’s your thoughts?
My wonderful wife has been in the mood for some good tobacco. Cigars aren’t something she’d try, but she’s enjoyed some finer cigarettes over the years. Camel used to make these cigarettes that were flavored, kinda like pipe tobacco, but we haven’t been able to find them and we doubt that Camel still makes them.
Well, last night she comes in with a pack of cigarettes that we bought, but decides instead to ask me if there’s some pipe tobacco I have that she might enjoy in a small pipe. Most of my pipes are rather large, but I have a few smaller, more pocket type of pipes. She chose the Bent Bob’s pipe, my first pipe which was given to me for Christmas one year and then we explored my different tobacco blends. Again, most of my tobacco these days are latakia based, so a little too woodsy for her taste, but then I remembered some sample pouches of tobacco I acquired from Altadis and she decided on their Blue Note. Burly and Virginia. Smells wonderful and a little more aromatic.
Cyndi really enjoyed that pipe. She’s not a big smoker, so I ended up finishing the pipe when she was done. With good experiences like that, think I could get her hooked into smoking a pipe with me? Anything’s possible. It was a delightful tobacco and I completely forgot how well that little pipe smoked. It’s a cheap pipe, but not bad at all for a starter pipe.
Here’s Cyndi posing for her pipe smoking debut.