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How to Choose and how to Smoke Tobacco pipe

Before there were cigarettes or cigars, there were pipes. Most early tobacco use was for pipes. Today, pipes can range in cost from $25 to several thousand dollars each. The beauty of pipe smoking is the advantage of being able to smoke a variety of tobaccos, each with a different aroma and taste. Like varieties of coffee, pipe tobacco tends to smell better than it tastes, but aficionados enjoy savoring the smell and the taste in combination.

Choosing tobacco pipe

Step 1

Start with basic down-the-street stores like pharmacies. Several pharmacy chains still carry pipe tobacco and some of it isn’t bad. Some pharmacies have their own brand on pipe tobacco. Try basic cavendish styles or cherry-flavored tobacco. There are some better-known brands, too, such as Captain Black available there.

Step 2

Move to an actual tobacconist shop. Even a small shop will have a variety of pipe tobaccos in glass humidors. Get a sense for how the blend looks. Tobacco blenders tend to make their blends so they look appealing. Look at what appeals to you.

Step 3

Ask the tobacconist to let you smell the tobaccos that appeal to you. This is quite standard and the proprietors will be happy to help you.

Step 4

Choose two to four tobaccos that smell good. They will taste different than they smell, but you will come to extrapolate the difference as you become more experienced. Pipe tobacco generally is sold by the ounce, so get one ounce of each one you like.

Step 5

Choose the correct pipe to smoke each tobacco in. One of the reasons pipe smokers have a variety of pipes is because they will use only one tobacco in each pipe. This maintains a pure taste.

Smoking a tobacco pipe is a time honored tradition as old as our great nation. America’s very first cash crop was tobacco. And while smoking cigarettes has fallen out of favor, the relaxing pastime of reading the paper while smoking a pipe by the fire has kept it’s popularity. Perhaps it reminds us all of a simpler time.

tobacco pipe smoking accessories

Step 1

Choose your pipe. There are a myriad of pipes from which to choose. Everything from corncob, (which may be best for the person just trying it out) to wooden and clay. If you are an avid pipe smoker you probably know the idiosyncrasies of each. But if you just want to having a nice relaxing smoke, a corn cob pipe is suitable. It requires no breaking in.

Step 2

Pick your tobacco. This is the most important step as it’s the one that will define everything about your experience. There are literally thousands of tobaccos. From sweet to spicy or savory to bitter, choosing the tobacco is a very personal thing. If you’re not sure, speak with your local tobacconist; they may even let you try some samples!

Step 3

Pack the pipe. If this isn’t the first time you’ve used your pipe, be sure to “blow” through the stem to remove any residual bits from the bowl. Pinch an amount of tobacco that looks like it would be slightly bigger than the bowl of your pipe. Pack it lightly into the bowl, being careful not to stuff it too tightly. It should be firm but still with some residual spring. If your pipe is significantly overflowing, remove the excess.

Step 4

Use your tamper. This is a tool that is sold at your local tobacco store and it is used to push any loose ends of tobacco into the pipe. Again push down gently not to over pack the pipe.

Step 5

Light your pipe. Take a few puffs of your pipe, inhaling gently. Air should flow easily and you should get a nice taste and aroma of the flavor you chose. The best matches with which to light your pipe are long kitchen matches. Of course a lighter will work as well. But some purists recommend wood. Now, holding the flame over the pipe, inhale the smoke, puffing it in your mouth. Then use the tamper to pat down the extra tobacco which may have puffed up again after lighting.

Step 6

Relight. This sounds odd, but the process you just completed is called the “false light.” The flame does not hold as the initial sulfur burns off. So repeat the previous process drawing the smoke in to your mouth and puffing as you hold the second flame over the bowl of the pipe. Please note it may take up to fifteen to twenty seconds to light your pipe. Now you should be on your way to a relaxing night of smoking your pipe and resting your feet by the fire!

Victims of cigarette tax increase

The Sharps, a farmer family from North Carolina has become famous for the high-quality tobacco they have been growing on their farms for many decades. However, when the federal excise tax on tobacco products was increased by 150 per cents, the Sharp family became frustrated by finding themselves somewhere near bankruptcy.

Peter Sharp, who has been growing tobacco from his early childhood and crops more than million pounds of tobacco on 500 acres every year, admitted that their customers reduced their orders on the threshold of inevitable sales declines. Mr. Sharp also said that they and other farmers would have to fire up to a half of their workers in order to cope with losses.

victims of cigarette tax

Following public smoking bans that were imposed in every state across the United States, state cigarette tax increases and constant influence of anti-smoking groups, the sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products were supposed to decline by almost 5 per cent in 2009.

Yet, with the new federal tax on cigarettes that jumped from 39 cents to $1.01 a pack on Wednesday, April 1, industry experts predict up to 10 per cent decline in the sales of cigarettes. Other tobacco products would also suffer.

Sharp said tobacco retailers have cut their orders by one third, and industry tycoons Philip Morris USA and Reynolds American reduced their orders for his tobacco by 5 percent when the bill regarding federal excise tax increase was signed into law. Growers admitted that the tobacco consumption cutbacks would definitely trigger a kind of a domino effect because farmers would have no money to pay salaries, to buy fuel and equipment. Therefore, that would have a huge and very grievous impact on the entire community, affecting many people.

Farmers who had been raising tobacco were always firmly protected by local authorities for many decades, like lawmakers from Michigan and New York rigorously defend their automobile industry and Wall Street, since tobacco growing still is a hugely profitable business. According to the reports, only in the state of North Carolina the tobacco harvest was worth almost $700 million last year.

However, politicians do not take care of ‘Golden Leaf’ anymore. Several years ago Congress abolished the price support and quotas for tobacco, the system that was established during Depression. Last week the Washington lawmakers went even further by providing the Food and Drug Administration with the powers to regulate tobacco products.

North Carolina Assembly members are now debating over increasing the state taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products to unimaginable and incredible $1 per pack. Just four years ago the state cigarette tax was only a nickel.

Kay Hagan, a Democrat Senator from North Carolina was initially against the federal tax hike, stating that her native state would lose almost $40 million in revenue and 3,000 work places. However, she then changed her mind, and voted for the corresponding bill, saying that she decided to support the health of future generations, an excuse, local farmers like the Sharp family simply does not understand.

Jeff Thompson, Sharps’ neighbor railed at the Congress decision, saying that those programs that would benefit many children across the nation should not be paid by a small group of tobacco consumers and growers only. He added that it would be fair if all the tax payers would have paid for that program.

Thus, the tax increase became another huge hit for the farmers who have just recovered from 25 percent sales decline in 2005 when tobacco quotas were abolished. Since 2005, farmers have turned their head to exports and new tobacco-containing products created by tobacco industry moguls.

During these four years tobacco industry has invented new marketing strategies, launching such products as snus, chewing tobacco and other products to the cigarette market. These products were supposed to become cheaper alternatives for cigarettes, but the federal tax hike affected them as well.

Tobacco growers also began selling their harvest to China and other countries, however farmers complain that cheap tobacco from Brazil and African countries restricts the volumes ordered from overseas and therefore could not help them to overcome losses.