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Always smoked outside... In the cooler moths here on the back poarch... and in the summer there is a wonderful little locally owned cigar bar, that also serves up a locally brewed micro-brew porter! Or you can be a member of the "club" and keep a bottle of spirits at the bar. The cigar bar has a nice walk in humidor selection of course.
The place sounds awesome! There is a 'cigar bar' nearby, but it's terrible...I think they had like 2 cigars when I went there (not 2 brands, but 2 actual cigars!) Plus, I don't like HAVING to drink alcohol just because I want to smoke a cigar. Luckily I found an awesome cigar shop that has a pretty swanky lounge that's available for anyone to use. I just hate being surrounded by smoke and coming home, reeking like cigars.
count me in the "occasional cigar" club... I have a friend who's a master tobacconist and works for Nat Sherman (used to work for Davidoff), so I've been smoking mostly zinos, davidoffs, griffins, and nat shermans cigars lately. (and I know pretty much every spot you're allowed to smoke inside in NYC)
I keep 2 small homemade "humidors" (cigar boxes with a cigar shaped/sized humidifier) in my closet along with a bottle of my favorite whiskey (currently looking for a nice decanter) I currently have a mix the brands mentioned above, plus some cigars from the aforementioned friends' birthday party.
My personal thinking is that the QUALITY of not only the tobacco, but the other materials (including the wrapper, in the case of cigarettes) makes a HUGE difference in the health effects of tobacco... (kind of like the nutrition of a grass fed animal vs. a grain fed animal. just sayin') and it definitely makes a difference in how bad the smoke smells and how irritating it is to the lungs of those not smoking. Also, if smoking inside, a quality air filter/purifier is KEY.
Vaping is inhaling liquid vapor from an electronic "e cig" (I don't use an "e-cig" I use Mods... because they have POWER!- bigger batteries ect.) type device. That liquid... known as "juice" can either have nicotine in it or be zero nic. And most often comes in about a zillion wonderful flavors.
Many people use it to quit smoking. Because you only inhale nicotine and water vapor from using it, and maybe a little flavorant... not the million awful chems in cigarettes.
I vape with a Low nicotine juice, because I like a little nicotine sometimes.
Plus... I can Vape in the house... if you are vaping vanilla it tastes and smells like vanilla.
Used in this way I really don't see it as any different than coffee. It's no longer really harmful IMO.
I don't do it every day.
(Many people who quit smoking swap to Zero Nic juice but enjoy the flavors and sensation of vaping so continue... to do it full time. *shrug*)
They even make a Vaping pipe... I may have to buck up and get that mod and see if it can find a cherry vanilla tobacco juice to make the nostalgia complete.
Thanks, Cori, for the explanation - it makes much more sense now!
So funny, just yesterday I posted that I'd never tried a pipe, and last night i was at an event, and a friend brought his pipe, and I got a chance to try it. I was surprised by how much I liked it. The smoke was much thinner than what I'm used to with a cigar, but the flavor of the pipe tobacco was really fantastic. It was kind of a pain, though, to keep stamping the tobacco down and relighting.
Now, I'm thinking about crossing over...
And I just watched the videos on the Rocky Patel website about what goes into making their cigars...talk about quality control! Plus they understand that happy, unstressed workers make a better product, so they actually limit how many cigars the rollers can make per day...among other things. Made me feel really good to support them!