You buy a pipe in whatever variety and color you want. You buy a pouch of tobacco leaves, and then place a small amount into the pipe. Light the leaves and puff on the mouthpiece.
It's just like a cigar, isn't it?
But just like cigars, pipes are by no means a safe alternative. You can still get diseases caused by the chemicals in the tobacco itself. You are not immune simply because you do not inhale.
If You Don't Inhale, Why is it Bad?
Because you are still absorbing nicotine and other harmful chemicals through the tissues of your mouth. You can't possibly think that having tobacco fumes inside your mouth repeatedly can be of no risk? Of course there is risk.
There is also the risk of inhaling the smoke, too, as I'm sure everyone has tried it. Maybe not a lot, but a little. That will cause lung cancer, and bronchitis, and emphysema. So, even a little bit puts you in danger.
Granted, the popularity of them are going downhill. It's very rare you see an adolescent smoking from one. It's almost always a senior citizen.
Because that's when they were popular. Young people today smoke cigarettes mostly.
Even in movies, you see more cigars and cigarettes than pipes. It's just viewed as "not hip" anymore like it used to years ago. Luckily, you see less and less in movies in general now. It's becoming more despised by society as the years go on, and that's a great thing.
However, there is one form that is rising in popularity, and that's hookahs.
What is a Hookah?
It's a long pipe, often adorned with colorful fabric. The main chamber connects to four to six separate tubes. When the chamber is lit, 4-6 people can be puffing away on it at the same time. Young people love hookahs because they can buy the leaves in a variety of flavors and scents. It can be a manly flavor, or a feminine flavor, depending on who you are with.
I've been to hookah lounges, and it's almost entirely young people. I remember buying a flavor I wanted to try, and then puffing away. I inhaled it, too. I think everyone did without batting an eyelash.
They are just another form of using tobacco and you are still feeding your body the thing it craves.
Pipes (and hookahs) have never been and will never be a safe alternative. Just because you don't inhale (or try not to) does not mean for one second that you are safe from the dangers. You are not. You will face all the health problems that everyone else faces. You cannot escape any of it.
The only thing you CAN do is avoid everything all together.
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