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A pipe used for tobacco smoking usually includes a small chamber or bowl where the tobacco is burned, attached to the end of a stem and mouthpiece where the smoke is inhaled.

The bowl of the pipe can be made of many different materials, but is most commonly made of briar, corncob, and clay. Pipes can range from the very simple pipe made by a machine to the expensive handmade variety created by well known pipe makers. Tobaccos for smoking in pipes are often carefully treated and blended to achieve flavor qualities not available in other tobacco products.

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Health Effects of Pipe Smoking

Pipe smoking, like cigar smoking, differs from cigarette smoking in that its users usually don't inhale the smoke. Even so, pipe smoking involves many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Oral, throat, lung, and tongue cancers, emphysema, and dental problems have all been linked with pipe smoking.


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