Pipe smoking has been around for a long time, since ancient times in fact. Now pipe smoking is becoming more popular. One reason is that many people are concerned about the health dangers of smoking cigarettes, and a lot of people feel that smoking a pipe is less damaging to health. Pipe tobacco does not have all the harmful chemicals and tars that cigarette tobacco has. The other reason is that smoking a pipe is kind of a ritual activity and this ritual gives comfort and pleasure to many people, without appearing to be an addictive behavior to the extent that cigarette smoking is. In some cases, pipes are saved and sometimes members of a family end up passing on their pipes to the next generation. In this way you can see that some pipes become treasured family heirlooms.
The pipe itself consists of a bowl and a stem. The bowl may be fashioned from various materials including wood or clay. The general belief about wood pipes is that the very dense woods create the best pipe smoking experience. Some pipes are made from minerals such as soapstone and can be considered beautiful works of art.
Pipe tobacco comes in many different forms and flavors. The pipe smoker can take pleasure in trying many different brands. Pipe tobacco can be cut and sold in various shapes. It is sometimes compressed into small cakes that can be sliced to fit the bow. Sometimes the tobacco is wound into ropes or ground by hand. People who smoke pipes find it to be a relaxing and pleasant experience.