One of the questions that many new pipe smokers ask is whether or not they should inhale. Most people have heard that cigar smoke is best enjoyed not inhaling, so this leaves one to believe that the same principle applies for pipe tobacco. However, the answer isn't always as cut and dry as saying "no, you shouldn't inhale." Let's take a closer look at this topic and reveal some of the pros and cons of inhaling.
Why Do You Smoke?
To answer the question of whether or not you should inhale, you should first ask yourself why you smoke pipe tobacco in the first place. If you smoke strictly for the flavor (pipe tobacco is delicious, FYI), then you should probably puff without inhaling. This allows you to get the richest, most unadulterated flavor without breathing it into your lungs. The rich flavors of the pipe tobacco will remain strong throughout the entire puff. From the moment you initially breathe it into your mouth, to when you exhale, it will possess the same undeniably strong and delicious flavor that's commonly associated with pipe tobacco.
On the other hand, if you enjoy smoking pipe tobacco for the mental stimulation and relief offered by the nicotine, you'll want to inhale. While trace amounts of nicotine may enter your system simply by breathing in the tobacco smoke, it's not enough to feel the actual effects. For the full effect of nicotine, you must inhale the tobacco smoke.
The nicotine in pipe tobacco will boost your mental clarity, provide more energy, and even sooth some anxiety/nervousness, which is why many smokers prefer to inhale. The only downside to inhaling is the fact that you're exposing your lungs to smoke. Excessive smoke can lead to respiratory illness and effective, so try to smoke in moderation rather than binge smoking bowl after bowl until the sun goes down.
So, Should I Inhale?
Again, this is a decision that's entirely up to you. Don't feel like you must inhale or not inhale just because that's the "norm" around your group of friends. Smoking pipe tobacco is something that's enjoyed in different ways by different people.
If you can't decide whether or not to inhale, I recommend testing it out both ways. Perhaps you can inhale your pipe tobacco one day and not inhale the next. On which day did you experience the highest level of enjoyment with your pipe tobacco?