Pipes vs. Cigars

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D.L.Ruth

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I used to smoke cigars regularly and pipes only very occasionally. Within about the last 6 or so months I completely swapped my frequency of both, now smoking pipes regularly and rarely cigars. A few of my reasons are... the variety and flavors of pipe tobaccos, I feel are far better than cigars. If I don't have time to finish a whole bowl I can save it for later (relighting a cigar is just yuck). Even if I don't smoke the rest of the bowl later and just dump it the cost of dumping half a bowl is a fraction of that of a half a cigar. I really enjoy the fact that storing pipe tobacco if far simpler than cigars, just toss it in a jar, cap it, and good to go.
 

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I too made a transition between pipes and cigars, once I quit smoking cigarettes. I found myself "drinking" cigars--inhaling the smoke as one would with a cigarette--rather than sipping the smoke like I do with a pipe. Overall I feel better, and I believe piping to be a more health-conscious choice. There is also a more involved process in smoking a pipe, which I appreciate. Rather than just taking whatever's in the cigar and smoking it, there's a chance to blend tobaccos, to load the bowl to one's preferences, and for all that's involved in piping, I do feel it's easier to keep tobaccos and pipes more organized.

I'm not against the occasional cigar, but as a habit, I much prefer pipes.
 

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Pipes most of the time; a good cigar (of which I have many) when I'm in the mood for one!! I don't inhale either; but do enjoy both!! :cheers: FTRPLT
 

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Smoked cigars '91 until the boom in '97 and pipes until '04, back to cigar until '12 then pipes until '15. Smoked a lot of cigars since then and now since last summer I smoke maybe a cigar rarely. Pretty much full time piper now and I doubt it will flip back again.
 

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Same here! I have fridgedor full of cigars but rarely smoke them anymore. I have more fun smoking and collecting pipes and tobacco. Plus, the pipe smoke doesn't linger and cover my man cave with stink like cigars do!
 

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I think it’s the English Gentleman’s style.  There’s typically a pipe clenched & smoldering at most any time of the day/week.  But on occasions like after dinner over billiards at the club or with a Brandy...it’s a good cigar.  Maybe call it the Dinner At Eight Plan.

Well, it’s one plan anyway.  There are likely other plans.

I gotta admit I have numerous humidors with cigars that have been neglected for years.  Can’t really call it aging any longer.  It’s more like abandonment.  I currently reserve cigars for social occasions and/or circumstances. Going to Carmel Valley next weekend for a three day mini vac. Cigars will play a roll in the event.
 

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Used to be a huge cigar guy. Huge, I tell ya! Had a totally embarrassing number of sticks.

One day I just lost the taste. Dunno why. Went back to the pipe and never looked back. Sold virtually all my stash for pennies on the dollar.

Now have a cigar once/yr or so and while it tastes good it won't inspire me to buy more.

Oh well. <shrug>


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For me it’s a convenience thing. Sometimes a company thing. I smoke what fits the mood mostly. Personally, I smoke my pipes in my cave. The variety of flavors, strengths and pipes is infinitely more interesting to me. My brothers prefer cigars when they’re over. So, I keep both handy. I will say though, I do have sticks in my humidor that I keep strictly bc other people like them. Lighter ones mostly.

The social element of sophisticated smoking is truly one of the great bonuses of the hobby, huh?
 

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My experience has been to rotate between mostly cigars with the occasional pipe, to mostly pipes with the occasional cigar. There seems to be about a yearly rotation between them. However, the "mostly cigars" period is getting shorter through time, perhaps from the cost difference?

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I am slowly burning through the cigars and under 200 now probably. Sold off one humidor and still have a large 1500 count cabinet to sell. I am slowly migrating to the pipe and want to smoke it more, once it warms up around here. My tin collection is growing and hope to find a great blend to warrant a bulk purchase one day.


This is my go to site for information anymore. I was on the Nub Live and Herfers Paradise and CA but those have gone now or changed. I spend a good bit of time reading old topics which are interesting and informative.
 

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I sold cigars in the French Quarter just when the boom was starting out. I surfed the cigar wave until its bust, realizing it is just too much for too little these days. Don't get me wrong a Padron Aniversario is still one of my favorite things to smoke in the world. But pipes are much more accessible. Bust yourself a bit with a good pipe and the rest is just tobacco, much much cheaper than cigars.

Let's take that favorite- Padron Aniversario. I just saw it at smoking pipes for twelve a stick. Funny how my favorite tin, Escudo, is roughly the same price. And that one smoke of a cigar is at least twenty smokes or more from the tin. The math just adds up for pipes.

Nor is busting that bad either. I just got into Falcon pipes, got my pipe friend into them too. We love them and at 48 for a bowl and stem they are a very satisfying and cool smoke.

The only thing that wierds me about pipe tobacco is when I see United States tobacco going to Europe for blending. You got to know that leans on the price.
 
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