Pipe smoking makes a comeback

March 14, 2009

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Pipe smoking makes a comeback

Many ye olde things eventually become trendy again and the latest yesteryear fashion making a comeback is pipe smoking.

• No one tracks how many young people smoke pipe tobacco. But the evidence, at least in the US, is of a renaissance. According to the Cigar Association of America, 4,900,000lb of pipe tobacco were sold in 2006, from a high of 52,000,000lb almost 30 years ago. In 2008, sales climbed again to 5,300,000lb.

• This modest increase is credited by many to retro-loving students. Facebook and MySpace have thousands of members signed up to groups such as “The Ladies’ Pipe Smoking Salon”.

• The most popular Facebook group is “The Collegiate Gentlemen’s Pipe Smoking League”, with around 1,500 members globally. One 19-year-old member of the club recently told The Wall Street Journal: “They say everyone has an inner child. I guess I have an inner old man.”

“…inner old man.” Too bad lynching parties are illegal…

By the way, I couldn’t find any of those groups. Bastards.

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