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Part-time Smoking makes for Smokey Weekend

I have to say, I am starting to get quite bold with my smoking. Short of coming out to old friends and my family which I’m not sure I will ever do, most of my current group of friends knows I like to occasionally indulge in smoking cigars and pipes. I have to say, having the support of my boyfriend really helps. This past weekend, I smoked far more than I normally do. It started on Friday. We went out for a few drinks with friends. My boyfriend had some Backwoods cigars lying around. They are not exactly the most expensive or classy cigar, but they taste not too bad considering their price point. I had one of those and this just wet my appetite for more. The next day, we had another gathering to go to. Boyfriend said he would drive so I could drink, but he was going to bring along an assortment of pipes for his own amusement. I said I wanted to pick up a nicer cigar in case I felt like one.

I did feel like one, but wanted to wait until all the children went to bed to enjoy one. At this point in the evening, all the smokers came out of the woodwork. I smoked my cigar, while others puffed on their cigarettes. To see the group, you would guess it was a different era, as there was almost no one that wasn’t smoking. I finished the cigar and we sat around the fire having a couple more drinks. By this time, I was pretty buzzed from the alcohol. With zero inhibitions, I stated that I really wanted a cigarette. At this point, a lovely older lady that was heading off gave me and my friend each a Benson and Hedges menthol 100 I think. My boyfriend doesn’t really like cigarette smoking, so this would be the first time he has ever seen me smoke one. It was a good cigarette, I managed to get through the whole thing without feeling sick. I guess there is something to be said about tolerance. Post-cigarette and for the next two days, I was hornier than I have been in months. Unfortunately, I also craved cigarettes for the next two days. Or maybe fortunately, since the cravings made for some good fantasies.

Sunday I took a break from smoking but I did have a pipe with my Boyfriend when we were out at a friend’s house on Monday to round off my weekend as a part-time smoker. And now I think I might be good for awhile. While it is no surprise to me, for fetish reasons I definitely enjoyed the cigarette the most. I think if the store sold singles, I might indulge more often. Cigar smoking comes in second, as the action is similar to cigarette smoking. I enjoy pipe smoking in that it is something that I can share with my boyfriend and I love that each pipe has a different character. Until I smoke again…

Double-Standards and White Lies

Being unemployed (and temping at my casual mindless job) has given me a lot of time to think. Probably too much time in fact. I’ve been thinking about smoking in general… and then more specific. I’m also really tired now and potentially incoherent, but hear me out. First I started thinking about how demonized cigarette smoking has become. I specify, because we don’t see ads telling people to stop cigar smoking or pipe smoking, even though I am sure there are antis out there that would tell me, “Oh, Don’t worry, we will tackle them next.” There is a double-standard out there, that smoking one type of tobacco is wrong, but it is okay to smoke cigars or pipes because people smoke these less frequently.

What got me thinking about this were various articles, from pipe and cigar smokers that pointed the finger at cigarette smokers saying they were the ones to blame for all the bans and that if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have smoking bans. Maybe this is true, but maybe not… but what was clear from this is that society really doesn’t demonize the other two types of smoking as much or we wouldn’t have some people trying to play to victim card. Or maybe someone always comes out to play the victim card.

This kind of bugs me, not because I have anything against cigar smokers or pipe smokers, because I plan to become one.  I do have a problem with finger-pointing, especially when I’m not sure it really makes a difference what kind of smoke to non-smokers. The majority of non-smokers (true non-smokers) don’t really like rooms filled with any type of smoke. I like to think that we are all out in the cold together, regardless of how often or what we are lighting up.

Which brings me to another thought I had… I mentioned true non-smokers. Due to the way our society treats smokers, it really isn’t surprising that people lie about their smoking status. People that smoke occasionally hesitate to call themselves a smoker because they are not smoking the majority of the time.  I even had trouble calling myself a smoker for that very reason: I don’t smoke all the time.  Many of us, would rather just lie and say well I don’t smoke (internalized: all the time) or I’m a non-smoker. I wonder how many “non” smokers are actually, occasional smokers, opportunistic smokers or closet smokers. Would we (and I count myself) go as far as to hide ourselves from the statisticians? What if the rate of smoking really isn’t decreasing as much as they think? How many people just aren’t admitting to smoking anymore because of the social taboo?

What started me thinking about this is a thread in the SFK forum where many people said they didn’t smoke, only to turn around two seconds later to say, that they do on occasion. Well do you or don’t you? And I’m not attacking them… because I used to do the same thing. Part of it was because in my mind I still thought of myself as a non-smoker. Funny, since I inhaled quite a bit more smoke from cigarettes last year than any non-smoker. Probably a heck of a lot less than a regular smoker, but still more than none.

I’m not sure this is as common with pipe or cigar smoking. Generally, that might not come up in general conversation unless you bring it up. To be quite honest, I would have less trouble admitting to people I smoke a pipe or cigar compared to a cigarettes. I guess it is that cigarette smoking stigma.

But I guess I won’t knock societies’ tolerance of pipe or cigar smoking too much since it is what is allowing me to venture forth with the pipe smoking hand in hand with my boyfriend. He is totally on board. We are going to visit a tobacco shop together when the pipes I ordered come in. I was thinking of ordering tobacco online, but we a great tobacco shops here and I wouldn’t mind getting the advice of the shop owner since he is well-known for being really knowledgable and helpful. Plus, then I won’t have to worry about how much duty will cost.

On that note… I will sign off for the night. Happy smoking, whether you proclaim it to the world or not. I understand either way.

Researching Smoking Alternatives

I’ve been working really hard lately at getting a job but while not doing that, I have been researching smoking alternatives. It is amazing the difference at the amount of information available for pipe, cigar and even hookah smoking. When you look for similar information on cigarette smoking you are bombarded with articles trying to convince to you to change your mind. Never start. You will get addicted and you will DIE! And if you tell people you are trying it out, they tell you stop before you get addicted and eventually DIE of some smoking related disease. Any maybe they are right… maybe if I had never ever touched tobacco I would have never known its allure and I wouldn’t be talking about my plans to try to find a way to keep it in my life. Maybe… but maybe not. With a fixation like mine, I think it was only a matter of time before I tried it.

I realized that I never actually explained why I abandoned smoking cigarettes, since they are still my fetish object of choice. I still occasionally get a horny craving for one, but they pass much quicker now. I realized that I don’t get near enough pleasure from them to make them worth the risk, at least not when I am only smoking them occasionally. And when I smoke regularly (one a day on consecutive days) I find I crave smoking more (of course!) and that I feel like shit when I don’t yield to this desire to smoke more (withdrawal much?). Plus, to make $12 a pack worthwhile you actually have to smoke more than occasionally or they eventually go to waste.

Cigars, pipes and hookah are all things that many people enjoy on a more occasional basis. So I’ve been doing my research, exactly as I did before I started smoking cigarettes. I can’t help myself, the scientist in me requires me to gather as much information as possible. I found some decent resources but so far, if you are looking for an in depth read on pipe smoking The Weber’s Guide to Pipe Smoking would be your guide. What I found interesting is reading about the origins of tobacco use (outlined mostly in Chapter 2 of the guide). The long history of tobacco leads me to believe that it might be around longer than anti-smoking enthusiast would like. Sure they might be winning the war on public smoking, maybe even the war on cigarettes. But I’m not sure they will ever fully win the war on tobacco. I mean, technically pot is illegal, but how many people indulge in that? They could make tobacco illegal, but people would still find ways to smoke or use it.

From my research, what I am liking best about pipe smoking/ cigar smoking, is the endless varieties that are available. Something for every mood. It seems more like smoking that one could enjoy like they do a beer or wine. I like that you could even make your own blends of tobacco.

I looked into the risks of pipe and cigar smoking, and generally they are similar to cigarette smoking. Increased risk of mouth and throat cancer… and lung cancer risk increases, especially if you inhale. My plan was to smoke both the pipe and cigar the way they were intended to be smoked: without inhaling, although I am sure I will be tempted. And while there is a risk… it is a risk I am willing to take. I know far too much about cancer and how it occurs through my studies. Almost anything can increase your risk of cancer. Eating charred steak actually increases your risk of stomach cancer. The deep-frying process used to make French Fries actually allows the flesh of the potato to partially turn into acrylamide, a potent neurotoxin. But even knowing this, have I stopped eating steak or french fries? No… If I stopped doing stuff just because they caused cancer, well, lets just say I would have to stop going outside, start growing my own pesticide free food and possibly go on one of those crazy meat-free raw diets. I’m not sure how I would grow the food without going outside… you get the point.

Now that I have my rant about the risks we take in life done… I’m going to get back to my research. If anyone has any good websites or such on pipe smoking, feel free to comment. I already got plenty of good info on cigar smoking from the kind folk at SFK. I think I’ll post another one of my favorite smoking erotica stories tomorrow.

Areas to Explore

I have not had much desire to smoke lately, despite having plenty of opportunity. I always thought that as soon as I moved into my new place, it would not be long before I got so bored with living alone that I would be running out to one of the numerous convenience stores that seem to surround my new place.

I find this an interesting development, but probably not entirely surprising. I think part of what really excited me about smoking was the secrecy and hiding it from my roommates. Now that I pretty know I would get away with as much smoking (as least on my balcony) as I would like, it makes it less desirable. I think as much as I “hated” sneaking around, I kind of liked it too.

What is even more interesting, is that lately I have felt more of a desire to branch out into other forms of tobacco consumption. I found this You Tuber that posts videos of her smoking her pipe.
This one is one of my favourites:

I guess what I attracts me to the pipe has nothing to do with sex. I don’t really have a fetish for pipes, but I am curious about them because of how good they smell. Cigarette smoke is sometimes offensive. Pipe smoke always smells really inviting. I also like the idea that you cannot be in a hurry to enjoy a pipe. It seems like a hobby (?) that would be almost meditative which I would gather is why many people find it to be so relaxing.

I also have a bit of a desire to try cigar smoking and hookah smoking. I guess anything where I can see smoke coming out of my mouth piques my interest.

Tonight, I finally had a chance to work on the story. The update is here. I actually wrote chapter 9 a few weeks ago and found I moved way too fast. When I re-read it, I realized that I skipped over many crucial moments. I think what I wrote will be able to be adapted for a later chapter. As a warning, in this chapter, I start to get a bit more explicit. That’s all for tonight. Hope you enjoy this installment and until next time…goodbye.

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