THE JOYS OF PIPE SMOKING
Smoking is these days frowned upon and I gave up cigarettes some time ago but I do think that a person should be allowed to smoke if that's their choice. I still enjoy the odd cigar but one thing I will never give up is my beloved pipe. I started pipe smoking about a year and a bit ago, after snuffing out the fags, and consider it more of a hobby than a habit.
It's also better for you than cigarettes, since most of the time the smoker does not inhale. And there's few pleasures as good as a glass of full bodied red wine, a good book and a pipe.
(Pictured - Tolkien enjoying his pipe)
There is a definate art to pipe smoking and nothing helps me concentrate more when I'm writing than having a pipe hanging from my lips. I always used to be self conscious when puffing since it always seemed only the really old smoked pipes but these days the hobby, perhaps as a result of the draconian smoking laws is seeing something of a comeback.
There is an interesting pipe smoking podcast here THE OLD TOBY
So please don't demonise us pipe smokers - after all we are in good company.