Re: Eight reasons pipe smoking will not catch on
Missouri Meerschaums rule!!!!!
I disagree with almost every point the original poster made. It's been my experience (which spans well over 5 decades) that pipe smokers are perceived by the rest of the public as being on the intellectual and thoughtful side, perhaps a bit philosophical, and more or less gentle souls. It never fails that when I light up my favorite pipe and tobacco (at the few places that still allow it...mainly the Elks Club Lodge...), several women will make a special trip to my location to tell me how much they love men who smoke pipes. Pipe smokers are solid, reliable, and not woman-abusers. Pipe smokers are seldom associated with being drunks, and are perceived as being somewhat moderate in all things. Smoking a pipe instills a sense of trust in others. When you light up a pipe, you become the Wise Elder. It's the perception I seem to get whenever I smoke my beloved MMs, and I am more apt to trust another pipe smoker, quicker than anyone else.
Of course, these are just perceptions.......
Pipe Smoking is certainly not 'dead', as the existence of this forum proves. Are less people smoking pipes nowadays?...perhaps, but a lot of it has to do with social factors, such as an aggressive attack on tobacco in general, mostly aimed at cigarette companies, but we are the collateral damage. Also, pipes take a bit of consideration, which is anathema to the modern desire for instant gratification in all things. People do not want to work for anything anymore, not even pleasure. There is hardly any self-reliance anywhere, anymore. People have gotten used to having everything done for them, from food preparation (processed foods), to finding dates. As far as pipes go, you can grow your own tobacco, and of course, almost anyone can make a smokable corn cob pipe with a few simple hand tools, so it may very well be the last bastion of self-reliance left.
Just my opinion, for what it's worth.