Pipe smoking is the oldest traditional form of smoking and is arguably the classiest. Famous figures such as Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincent van Gogh, and Mark Twain all used a pipe. Pipe smokers often exude power and confidence as seen through different cultures. Powerful men are often portrayed on movies smoking pipes. Even the classic cartoon character, Popeye smokes using a pipe. Pipe smoking had been a long-standing tradition not just in the western world but also in ancient civilizations as well. There’s evidence of pipe smoking dating back as early as 3000 BC.
Pipes come in various colors as well as design. Most classic pipes were made with fine wood and varnished until glossy. It was carefully cut from fine wood and balanced to help keep it from tipping while being used. Nowadays, pipes are made using different materials such as plastic, glass, or metal. Themed pipes have also become more common, especially with vaping communities.
In the UK, it is expected that smoking using e-pipes or cigarettes or simply, “vaping” will exceed traditional smoking in three decades. In France, an estimated 1 million or more people use them on a daily basis.