“There can be no doubt that smoking nowadays is largely a miserable automatic business. People use tobacco without ever taking an intelligent interest in it. They do not experiment, compare, fit the tobacco to the occasion. A man should always be pleasantly conscious of the fact that he is smoking.” -John Boynton Priestley
Maybe this is one way in which smoking in general has become so negative in society. In today’s time, how many people actually enjoy their tobacco?
I’ve smoked cigarettes. I’ve even tried the more high-end kinds; some of which Camel has made. While the taste wasn’t all bad, it wasn’t all great either. In our society today, smoking a cigarette isn’t really about conversation and experimentation. It’s more about an addiction, how one smells, the implications of social standing and activities, or the next quick stress relief. With all the different chemicals in cigarette tobacco, I can understand the negative notions.
I grew up with parents who smoke. It is an addiction for them and at the same time it was a thing to do while in a social gathering; whether it be a bar, or a party of some kind. To top it all off, every smoker out there is lumped into the same category.
I’ve smoked cigars, which I mentioned in an earlier entry. Cigar smoking has picked up here over the past few years. Mostly because of the golfing community from what I can tell. Yet over the ages, neither of these two forms of tobacco and smoking has ever had the same enjoyment like a pipe in my opinion. I mean, I can imagine men from every status discussing anything and everything while enjoying a good pipe.
Experimenting with the different blends of tobacco, trying different styles of pipes and all the combinations there could be is an exciting process. I’ve found that I enjoy a Cavendish, but I also like some of the other flavored blends like an Espresso, or Colombian Coffee. By experimenting, I have allowed myself the ability to know what is wrong to me regarding a blend. I tend to like a smooth, subtle and aromatic smoke opposed to a hot smoke that is bitter and smells like an ashtray. By collecting the different pipes I have, I found myself drawn to a good quality meerschaum and my new-found pearwood pipe. I also love my meerschaum and briar blended pipe. They all provide a wonderful smoke. Briars are fine, however, I do tend to like them more after they’ve had many, many smokes.
Have you ever heard that a dog represents his/her owner’s personality? I think that same concept applies to a pipe. With all the different styles, carvings, and wood types; there is always something out there to match the connoisseur. Thank goodness I don’t smoke everyday, but when I do, I enjoy it. Besides, that lovely woman I’m married to wouldn’t be able to handle the smell of tobacco all the time. 😉
Aside from all of this, smoking a pipe to me is slowing down for a few minutes to just relax and enjoy a moment of bonding. Whether that happens with a friend or not, doesn’t matter. Today’s tobacco smoking seems to have gone away from this path in such a busy world. It’s almost sad to see.
I’m interested in what other people have to say about this topic, so please comment and maybe we’ll get some kind of discussion going. 🙂