Pipe smoking is the practice of tasting (or, less commonly, inhaling) the smoke produced by burning a substance, most commonly tobacco, in a pipe. It is the oldest traditional form of smoking. Although it has declined in popularity it is still widely practiced and remains common in some parts of Scandinavia.
Regular pipe smoking is known to carry serious health risks including increased danger of various forms of cancer as well as pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses.
A number of Native American cultures have pipe-smoking traditions, which have been part of their cultures since long before the arrival of Europeans. Tobacco is often smoked, generally for ceremonial purposes, though other mixtures of sacred herbs are also common. Various types of ceremonial pipes have been smoked in ceremony to seal covenants and treaties, most notably treaties of peace (hence the misnomer, "peace pipe"). Tobacco was introduced to Europe from the Americas in the sixteenth century and spread around the world rapidly. In Asia during the nineteenth century, opium (which previously had only been eaten) was added to tobacco and smoked in pipes. Madak (the mixture of opium and tobacco) turned out to be far more addictive than orally-ingested opium, leading to social problems in China which culminated in the First (1839–1842) and Second Opium War (1856–1860).
According to Alfred Dunhill, Africans have had a long tradition of smoking hemp in gourd pipes, asserting that by 1884 the King of the Baluka tribe of the Congo had established a "riamba" or hemp-smoking cult in place of fetish-worship. Enormous gourd pipes were used.
In the twentieth century, pipe smoking was adopted as a preferred method of inhaling a variety of psychoactive drugs, and some claim it is a more intense method of ingestion. Smokeable crack cocaine has a reputation for being more addictive than cocaine's insufflated form. Similarly, methamphetamine has gained popularity in a crystalline form which when smoked in a pipe lets the user avoid the painful nasal irritation of snorting. When not applied to a cigarette or joint, the liquid form of PCP is typically smoked in a pipe with tobacco or cannabis.
Sales of pipe tobacco in Canada fell nearly 80% in a recent fifteen-year period to 27,319 kilograms in 2016, from 135,010 kilograms in 2001, according to federal data. By comparison, Canadian cigarette sales fell about 32% in the same period to 28,600,000,000 units.
Main article: Tobacco pipe
Pipes have been fashioned from an assortment of materials including briar, clay, ceramic, corncob, glass, meerschaum, metal, gourd, stone, wood, bog oak and various combinations thereof, most notably, the classic English calabash pipe.
The size of a pipe, particularly the bowl, depends largely on what is intended to be smoked in it. Large western-style tobacco pipes are used for strong-tasting, harsh tobaccos, the smoke from which is usually not inhaled. Smaller pipes such as the midwakh or kiseru are used to inhale milder tobaccos such as dokha and kizami or other substances such as cannabis and opium.
Water pipes bubble smoke through water to cool and wash the smoke. The two basic types are stationary hookahs, with one or more long flexible drawtubes, and portable bongs.
Spoon pipes (glass pipes or glass bowl pipes) have become increasingly common with the rise of cannabis smoking. Spoon pipes are normally made of borosilicate glass to withstand repeated exposure to high temperatures. They consist of a bowl for packing material into, stem for inhaling, and a carbureter (carb) for controlling suction and airflow into the pipe. These pipes utilize a two step process. First, the user inhales while lighting the smoking material and holding down the carb, allowing smoke to fill the stem. Then, the user releases the carb while inhaling to allow air to enter the stem and smoke to be pulled into the user's mouth.
Main articles: Health effects of tobacco and Effects of cannabis
The overall health risks are 10% higher in pipe smokers than in non-smokers. However, pipe or cigar smokers who are former-cigarette smokers might retain a habit of smoke inhalation. In such cases, there is a 30% increase in the risk of heart disease and a nearly three times greater risk of developing COPD. In addition, there is a causal relationship between pipe smoking and mortality due to lung and other cancers, as well as periodontal problems, such as tooth and bone loss.
However, all tobacco products deliver nicotine to the central nervous system, and there is a confirmed risk of dependence. Many forms of tobacco use are associated with a significantly increased risk of morbidity and premature mortality due to tobacco-related diseases.
The customs, vocabulary and etiquette that surround pipe smoking culture vary across the world and depend both on the people who are smoking and the substance being smoked.
For example, in many places in Europe and North America, tobacco pipe smoking has sometimes been seen as genteel or dignified and has given rise to a variety of customized accessories and even apparel such as the smoking jacket, and the former Pipe Smoker of the Year award in the UK, as well as the term kapnismology ("the study of smoke").
The ceremonial smoking of tobacco or other herbs, as a form of prayer, is still practiced in a number of Native American religious traditions. In southwestern Minnesota, the Pipestone National Monument commemorates Native American pipe-smoking culture.
Cannabis culture has its own pipe smoking traditions which differ from tobacco pipe smoking. For example, unlike tobacco smokers, cannabis users frequently pass a single pipe among two or more partners.
Notable pipe smokers
A number of real and fictional persons are strongly associated with the hobby of pipe smoking.
- Raaj Kumar, A Popular Indian actor (1926-1996)
- Akhteruzzaman Elias, Bangladeshi author and secular humanist
- Antonin Scalia, American former supreme court justice
- Friedrich Hayek, Austrian-British economist who is well known for his classical liberalism
- Buzz Aldrin (b.1930), American astronaut
- Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager.
- Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer
- Mark Jones (footballer, born 1933), English footballer
- Clement Attlee (1886-1967), UK Prime Minister (1945–51)
- Louis Althusser, French Philosopher.
- Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer. He wrote an aria about his fondness for pipe smoking: So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife BWV 515a
- Douglas Bader, British military pilot.
- Karl Barth, German theologian
- Zygmunt Baumann, Polish-British sociologist
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer.
- Tony Benn (1925-2014), long-serving British Member of Parliament.
- Edgar Benson, Canadian Minister of Finance.
- Paul Vanden Boeynants (1919-2001), Belgian Prime Minister.
- Georges Brassens, French singer and guitarist.
- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues musician. An avid pipe smoker, the Texas-blues guitarist often sold his own proprietary blend of pipe tobacco as well as autographed pipes at his concerts and shows.
- Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), Eighth President of the United States (1837–41).
- Graham Chapman (1941-1989), British actor and comedian (Monty Python).
- Ben Chifley (1885-1951), Prime Minister of Australia (1945-1949)
- Lee Van Cleef, American actor (as the Bad in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- Jacques Cousteau, French documentary maker and oceanographer.
- Bing Crosby (1903-1977), American singer and actor.
- Bill Davis, Former Premier of Ontario
- Charles Darwin (1809-1882), English scientist.
- Allen Welsh Dulles, American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date.
- Edward VIII, short-reigned King of the United Kingdom (20 January-11 December 1936) (1894-1972) British king.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German scientist. He was known for smoking a pipe and once said, "I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs."
- Mircea Eliade, Romanian author and historian.
- William Faulkner, American author, known to be an enthusiastic proponent of pipe smoking.
- Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006), 38th President of the United States (1974–77)
- Stephen Fry (b. 1957), English author, actor and comedian.
- Clark Gable (1901-1960), American actor.
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, German-American author, political cartoonist.
- George Gissing, English author.
- Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter
- Cary Grant (1904-1986), British-American actor.
- Günter Grass, German novelist.
- Che Guevara (1928-1967), Cuban/Argentinian revolutionary, who was known to enjoy a pipe from time to time, in addition to his usual cigar.
- Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish diplomat, spiritual diarist and second Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation.
- Hugh Hefner (1926-2017), American publisher.
- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), American novelist.
- Earl Hines, American jazz musician.
- Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), 31st President of the United States (1928–33)
- Edwin Hubble, American astronomer.
- Burl Ives, American singer
- Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.
- Albert King, American blues singer and guitarist.
- Helmut Kohl (1930-2017), German Chancellor (1982-1998)
- Bonar Law (1858-1923), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1922-1923)
- Siegfried Lenz, German author
- C. S. Lewis, British author, theologian, professor.
- Charles Lightoller, British maritime officer and survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic.
- Siegfried Lowitz, German actor
- Jack Lynch, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland (1966–73, 1977–79).
- Subcomandante Marcos, Mexican revolutionary.
- Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), American general, often photographed with his signature corncob pipe.
- Harold Macmillan (1894-1986), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1957-1963)
- Thabo Mbeki (b.1942), President of South Africa (1999-2008).
- Eric Morecambe (1926-1984), British comedian.
- Farley Mowat (1921-2014), Canadian author.
- Charles Stewart Mott, GM executive, philanthropist, Flint Mayor.
- Harry Mulisch, Dutch novelist.
- Sandro Pertini, Italian president.
- Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladeshi politician.
- Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker, who was known to smoke his trademark Dunhill pipe frequently along with his usual cigarette smoking.
- Wolfgang Rihm, German composer
- George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States (1932–45).
- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher.
- Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), Finnish-American architect.
- Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), third President of Egypt (1970-81).
- Jean-Paul Sartre, French littérateur and existential philosopher.
- Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015), Chancellor of West Germany (1974-82).
- Samuel J. Seymour (1860-1956), the last surviving person who had been present in Ford's Theatre the night of the assassination of U.S.PresidentAbraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.
- Will Self, British author.
- Georges Simenon, Belgian novelist. His most famous character, Jules Maigret, is also a pipe smoker.
- Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), Premier of the USSR. He was frequently shown with a pipe: "Photos of him appeared daily in the Soviet press, now in genial pipe-smoking profile, now walking with his comrades..."
- Jacques Tati, French actor, comedian and film director.
- Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav president-for-life. Commonly shown smoking cigarettes from a pipe.
- J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), British novelist. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have several detailed scenes of characters engaging in it. Tolkien himself was an avid pipe smoker.
- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens, writer of Huckleberry Finn favored Missouri Meershaum corncob pipes. He was notoriously partial to a special blend of "Cuban leaf" pipe tobacco, remarking once that "If I cannot smoke in heaven, then I shall not go."
- Edward Upward, British novelist.
- Alan Watts, British writer and speaker.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas blues musician guitar player and songwriter (1954-1990)
- Harold Wilson (1916-1995), UK Prime Minister (1964–70, 1974–76).
- Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985), Finnish designer and sculptor.
- John N. Mitchell (1913-1988), 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon.
- Olivier B. Bommel, Dutch comics character from Tom Poes.
- César, Belgian comics character from Urbanus.
- Cowboy Henk, Belgian comics character.
- Frosty the Snowman, A fictional Christmas character, featured in both songs and cartoon films of the same name, that is always depicted and described as "With a corncob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal". Such depictions likely suggests that Frosty was a pipe smoker, or at least an aesthetic pipe proprietor.
- Snufkin, Finnish literary and comics character from The Moomins, though his pipe is absent in some incarnations.
- Captain Haddock, Belgian comics character from The Adventures of Tintin.
- Sherlock Holmes, British literary character. He is explicitly described as a pipe smoker.
- Monsieur Hulot, French film character.
- Kapitein Rob, Dutch comics character.
- M, British literary and film character (James Bond).
- Miss Peregrine, of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
- Jules Maigret, Belgian literary character, created by Georges Simenon, who was also a pipe smoker.
- Mammy Yokum, American comics character from Li'l Abner.
- Philip Mortimer, Belgian comics character from Blake and Mortimer.
- L'Oncle Paul, Belgian comics character.
- Paulus the woodgnome, Dutch comics character.
- Madam Pheip, Belgian comics character from The Adventures of Nero. She is a bossy woman who always smokes a pipe.
- Piet Pienter, Belgian comics character from Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber.
- Popeye, American comics and cartoon character, known for his corn pipe.
- Davy Jones, Captain of the Flying Dutchman Pirates of the Caribbean
- Roger Radcliffe 101 Dalmatians.
- Tissaia De Vries, Arch-mistress, from the Netflix show The Witcher.
- Santa Claus, folklore character. Is described thus (1839): "The stub of a pipe he held clenched in his teeth."
- Mister Fantastic, Marvel comics character from the Fantastic Four smoked a pipe in early issues of the series.
- Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and other characters from The Lord of the Rings.
- Stubb, American literary character, from Moby Dick
More examples can be found in the Pipe Smoker of the Year list.
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Gerrit Dou: self-portrait with long-stemmed clay pipe (1645).
Man smoking kiseru. Cover illustration of the novel Komon gawa ("Elegant chats on fabric design") by Santō Kyōden, 1790.
Tiger smoking a bamboo pipe, Korean folk painting from Joseon period
Arab man smoking pipe, late 1800s.
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Cigarette smoking has declined dramatically over the past decade, especially among young people. Now, women are trying pipes as an alternative to smoking.
Hugh Hefner, his pipe was as much a part of his satyr-savant image as his ascot, smoking jacket, and an ever-present bottle of Pepsi. The Playboy Philosophy, which might be described as one big pipe dream, put Hef well on his way to becoming the world’s most famous pipe smoker.
The world’s best-known pipe smoker is Sherlock Holmes.
Women’s images when smoking a pipe is not popular for 2021. It is very rare to see women smoking cigars too. So why is smoking a pipe a hard sell?
She is a woman that is on a mission. To brand herself as one of a kind. Her statement piece being that oversized eyewear and those impulsive interviews. So what on earth is she up to now? In her own reflective words. I’m amazed at how very few pipe smokers, smokers of tobacco there are. When was the last time you saw someone smoking a pipe? Let alone a woman? I’ve known Gracie Opulanza for a long while now. So when she announced she was going to buy a pipe, in a room full of men, there was an eerie silence. Over the top and random, that Gracie Opulanza.
“I believe pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs,” said Albert Einstein, a pipe smoker.
Katherine Hepburn always smoked in a suit.
The Buying Experience
So in 24 hours, she was off to the pipe shop. Choosing pipes is all like choosing a pair of shoes. It all comes down to the image of the pipe. Not many women want to portray this masculine image. As a guest in the shop, I chose a wooden pipe as I like natural materials. A pipe can be very expensive and cost over $1000. Regarding the tobacco I opted for vanilla essence tobacco It is a nice lady-like smell.
The First Puff
In true extrovert form, an audience was waiting for the first-ever pipe introduction. It takes a skill to learn how to some a pipe. So make sure you practice at home. You need to continually puff when keeping the pipe going. It is a slow lifestyle operation. During this time if you are seeking a new image then take up the art of smoking an elegant pipe.
I like to smoke in a suit as I feel it’s more about contemplating business and life itself. This device is all about intimidation and reaping a reward when talking business.
For me, it’s a politician’s image of power against men and women when smoking a pipe as a woman. Regarding statistics smoking a pipe is all about the conviction of the person who is watching. To either be inspired or not.
Smoking pipe female
Women: Important Players in the Pipe World
Throughout most of modern history, women around the world—particularly in the Western world—have taken up leisure pipe smoking, and there are graceful, stylish pipes made specifically for them, but this article is not about pipes made for them or which pipes they prefer to smoke. It’s about women who make pipes and women who smoke pipes. This is not my area of expertise, but their activism and participation warrants that their story, long overdue, be told.
Women as Pipemakers
There have always been glimpses of women’s art within male-driven societies, and pipemaking was no exception. “Women have always been active in the pipe-making industry—as wives and widows, as decorators and finishers, as pipe firers and proprietors, and as independent craftspeople. Women manufactured pipes for most of the year while their husbands soldiered and sailed and for all of the year when their husbands died. Women were also represented in the iconography of the pipe as symbols of England, Home, War, and Peace” (Sean M. Rafferty and Rob Mann, eds., Smoking Culture, 2004, 207).
There are indications that, as early as the 1620s, women tobacco-pipe makers were working in their own right, occasionally taking on young men as apprentices in the trade” (Ilana Krausman Ben-Amos, Adolescence and Youth in Early Modern England, 1994, 147). More specifically, these women were involved in the lighter tasks of finishing and glazing the clays. According to the 1909 “Women’s Trade Union Movement in Great Britain” (Bulletin of the Bureau of Labor, Volume XIX), all 24 of Glasgow’s tobacco pipe finishers were women, and the 86 pipe finishers in Manchester and Newcastle were women. However, there’s some evidence that these women were never formally apprenticed. Across the pond, in 18th-century Gouda, boys rolled the clay, men did the molding and women finished and glazed the pipes; they were forbidden to make pipes. In this fledging industry, women were essentially rendered invisible. However, in the United States, “The women also make pots, earthen vases and [clay] smoking pipes” (Matthew C. Emerson, Decorated Clay Tobacco Pipes from the Chesapeake, 1988, 163).
Sophia Isberg of Motala, Sweden (1819–1875), was the first female wood pipemaker, or more precisely, wood pipe carver (see “Lena ‘Jungfru’ Isberg. Master Carver of Motala,” Pipes and tobaccos, Fall, 2005). Two others in the mid to late 19th century, Carla Nielsen (probably Danish) and Maddalena Bianchi of Venice, had received slight mention in the annals of pipe history, but the record is absent details about which mediums they worked in or how productive they were. At Kapp & Peterson, “Out of a total of 84 hands thus employed, not more than 20 are female—these are usually confined to a special branch such as polishing, etc., which is a much lighter sort of work than what is usually to be found associated with the average factory” (“Irish-made Briar Pipes,” The Leader, July 18, 1903, 343). In a later article about Saint-Claude, France, where some five million briars were being produced annually by more than 1,000 artisans, the only role for female workers was polissage: “A variety of sanding, buffing and polishing operations is mainly the job of women, most of whom learned the skill from their mothers, as [they] did from theirs” (John A. Linkletter “The art of making pipes,” Popular Mechanics, February 1977, 38H).
As to whether women were employed in the production of modern pipes in American factories, it’s known that “110 women and girls” worked in the corncob factories of Missouri Meerschaum during World War I (A.T. Edmonston, “Missouri Meerschaums Furnish a Growing and Interesting Industry,” United States Tobacco Journal, Jan. 3, 1920, 18). The headline of a 1937 New York World-Telegram article about New York’s Wilke Pipe Shop read: “Their Father Hadn’t Any Sons to Teach His Craft To, So He Taught His Daughters to Carve Fine Pipes,” and a 1950 news clip in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune proclaimed that Anna and Louise Wilke were “the only women pipe makers in the USA.”
Most all on this list were inspired by someone in the family who was/is a pipemaker or was/is under the tutelage of another artisan. Having learned the fundamentals from Lee von Erck, Avril Gan made her debut at the 2015 Chicagoland show and plans to make pipes full time in the near future.
According to Jakob Groth, Else Larsen, who passed away in 1997, was Denmark’s first female pipemaker. Søren Refbjerg Rasmussen explained that “Else began as a house cleaner for Øle Larsen in 1963 and showed a degree of talent for making pipes. She eventually opened Else’s Pipe Repair Shop behind Øle’s establishment and began making pipes, but she was more noted for her repairs and for fabricating those stylistic Larsen horn and amber pipe tampers.”
Women as pipe smokers
In the last 20 years of extensive and intensive research focused on women and tobacco and on women and smoking, studies essentially centered on cigarettes and health, but has there been serious attention paid to women as pipe smokers? No, but through the years there’s been occasional commentary about this phenomenon appearing in many unexpected outlets: J. Elliot Hodgkin, “Women and Pipes” (Notes and Queries, 10 ser.12: 378, 1909); “Blow some my way: will women turn in droves to pipe smoking?” (Printer’s Ink, 1932); “Women turn to pipes” (New York Times, 1944); “Take a deep breath and be prepared—ladies do want pipes” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1945); “Pipes and the Fair Sex” (Pipe Lovers, July 1948); “Briars on the distaff side” (Business Week, 1954); “Pipe This” (Saturday Evening Post, 1964); “Women Are Switching To Cigars and Pipes” (New York Times, 1964); “Women Pipe Smokers” (Pipe Smoker, 1986); “For women, pipes may be the ultimate smoke” (Smokeshop, 1988); and “Why should pipe-smoking be a hobby limited to man?” (The Guardian, May 18, 2008).
In a Jan. 20, 2018, post, Loren Stein shared her views: “These days pipe smokers are usually men 45 years or older. Reasons for the decline may include the pipes’ lack of appeal to adolescents and women … female pipe smokers remain uncommon” (“Pipe Smoking,” consumer.healthday.com). Irrespective of these biased views, female cigar smokers are avant-garde these days, and female pipe smokers have also become a force to be reckoned with. The movement should not be attributed solely to the idiosyncratic, eccentric and independent fashion editor turned politician and diplomat, Republican Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick. The earliest female club, the “Women’s Pipe Smokers Club,” was founded in 1926. Vintage black and white photos of the Chicago Women’s Pipe Smoking Club in 1954 are online.
Many smokers are participating in local, national and international pipe-smoking competitions; many such events have been around for more than a century. The first U.S. competition on record was at the Tobacco Trades Exposition in Madison Square Garden in September 1907 (United States Tobacco Journal, Aug. 24, 1907). And this collaborative event has spread its influence across the globe since then. Watch ’em puff away online at “Pipe Smoking Women” (British Pathé, Oct. 19, 2009, April 13, 2014, and July 27, 2017). In a rather unique competition in May 1963, Erinmore Tobacco provided a clay churchwarden pipe to “… everyone from elderly ladies to young students … who took part in the County Down smoking contest”; see the short video clip of a few senior female puffers at tinyurl.com/y8unmvjs. The most prestigious event is the annual slow-smoking competition hosted by the Comité International of Pipe smokers Clubs. The European championship (EC) started in 1969, and the first world championship (WC) cup commenced in 1971. In the first EC contest held in 1969, Madame F. Feretti won with a record of 2:41:46. Since 1995, Madame de Wolf of Belgium has retained her WC record at 2:35:05—not too shabby! Her timing beats a host of men who have been competing since the inception of this competition.
Wake up, guys! These women are trendsetters and deserve better. If we want our community to grow, we should do everything in our power to welcome women who want to join our ranks. Encourage and applaud those who participate in slow-smoking competitions. Pipe smoking is an equal opportunity pastime. Any woman liberated enough to take part in this male-dominated hobby should be lauded. We should be promoting the artistic talents of women who choose to compete with men in the creation of upscale briar pipes. I am no present-day Adam Smith, but it seems patently obvious to me that encouraging more women to smoke pipes, to compete in smoking contests and to make pipes has a positive, commercial impact on the industry and the hobby, and that benefits everyone—more pipes made for and sold to more pipe-smoking men and women.
This story first appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Pipes and tobaccos magazine.
– Story by Ben Rapaport
A smoking pipe is used to inhale the smoke of a burning substance; most common is a tobacco pipe, which can also accommodate almost any other substance. Pipes are commonly made from Briar, Heather, corn, meerschaum, clay, cherry, glass, porcelain, ebonite and acrylic.
Dutch pipe smoking
During the 17th century, pipe smoking became a new trend among the Dutch young, in specific the upper and middle class students. These students copied the Spanish sailors and soldiers in the area by joining them in participation of pipe smoking. In particular they were interested in the novelty it brought, which was the inhale of smoke. However, the only way to smoke tobacco was through a pipe. Popularity grew throughout and became a mainstream habit for the Dutch during this time. “In a relatively short period of time, from 1590 to 1650, the Dutch Republic had gone from being a country of non-smokers to being a tobaccophile of Europe.” Typically, these young folk did their smoking in smoking rooms or parlors, also known as “tobacco houses.” They smoked for social habit, usually with other smokers. “It took more than a century for this new practice to come into fashion.” The popularity of pipes grew interest in artists. Although pipes has once been associated with the lower class, it turned into a symbol of prestige and vanity. Images of pipes could be found in numerous painting during the time. For example, in Willem Buytewech’s painting The Merry Company (circa 1620-1622), there are three young men and a woman sitting around a table with a tobacco pipe lying in the middle. Additionally, in artist Adriaen Brouwer’s portrait The Smokers (1636), he too was interested in the pipe. The smokers in the painting are sucking on their pipes.
- Bowl (smoking), pipes of various designs for smoking cannabis
- Bong, also known as a water pipe
- Ceremonial pipe, used by some Native American peoples
- Chalice, a pipe used by Rastafari in cannabis rituals
- Chibouk, a long-stemmed Turkish tobacco pipe with a clay bowl, often ornamented with precious stones
- Chillum (pipe), conical smoking pipe originally from India
- Hookah, tall stemmed pipe in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water, also known as a water pipe
- Kiseru, Japanese pipe traditionally used for smoking finely shredded tobacco
- Love rose, a pipe for smoking crack cocaine
- Midwakh, small smoking pipe of Arabian origin
- Pizzo (pipe), a pipe designed for freebasing drugs
- Sebsi, traditional Moroccan smoking pipe
- TEC Pipe, Thermal electric cooling Pipe.
- ^ abcdefghRoberts, Benjamin B. (2017). "In Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age". Amsterdam University Press: 123–38. JSTOR j.ctt1zkjxtj.8.
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