I had a quiet solo coffee in the village yesterday.
There was a nip in the air but the sun was out, I had my coffee, my pipe and Penny had her chicken. All was right with the world. I let my mind wander.
It wandered back to a time, possibly in the ’70s or ’80s when budgets increased the price of cigarettes but not pipe tobacco as it was accepted that pipe smoking was “safer”. Whatever happened to those days? How has consideration for the pipe smoker vanished almost entirely in the obsessive pogrom against cigarette smokers?
Every time the Anti Smokers ranted about smoking they went on and on about cigarettes. We would see images of Evil Smokers smoking cigarettes. We would see images of overflowing ashtrays full of butts. They would harp on with their obsessive ideas that half the world’s pollution was down to cigarette ends which apparently have a half life greater than Plutonium. There is never a single mention of pipe smokers.
Speaking from personal experience another crowd who seem to have forgotten entirely about the pipe smoker are our own health mob. Any visit to one of their establishments invariably leads to a questionnaire that always asks about smoking. But the question they ask is about cigarettes and the number smoked per week. The concept of a smoker who doesn’t touch cigarettes is totally alien and leads to stupid questions about “cigarette equivalents” – chalk and cheese. A non-cigarette smoker is as alien to them as someone with walks on the ceiling.
Modern budgets are the same. Cigarette smokers are every single time lumbered with more punitive taxation “with pro rata increases in other tobacco products”. In other words, pipe smoking is now deemed to be as offensive as cigarettes.
I have nothing against cigarette smokers. What they do is their business and not mine. Cigarettes are not for me as I find the pipe to be far more pleasant. The pipe, apart from being supposedly “safer” [and a lot cheaper and cleaner] is an instrument for quiet contemplation and relaxation. It’s amazing the number of photographs and paintings of past writers,, artists, politicians and philosophers are portrayed with a pipe. Nowadays of course the image of someone smoking anything has to be met with derision and contempt as if the smoker was a pedophile or mass murderer.
Whatever happened to the Good Old Days?
Whatever happened to the pipe smoker?