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  • 14 Mar 2012 10:30 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
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  • 06 Jul 2011 2:39 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    The Pijpenkabinet Museum in Amsterdam has been able to acquire the core of the Niemeyer Tobacco Museum that closed earlier this year. By doing so we guaranteed that the most important part of this old corporate collection will be preserved and presented in a Dutch museum. As you might know, even in Holland several museums closed over the past years: The Pipe Room of Douwe Egberts, the Cigar Museum in Kampen, the famous ‘Moriaan’ pipe museum in Gouda and most recently Niemeyer Tobacco Museum. Since we assembled parts of all these collections, the Pijpenkabinet is now even more rightfully the national museum on pipes and tobacco.
  • 09 Apr 2011 3:00 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    NEW YORK CITY’S ban on smoking in its parks and on its beaches won’t go into effect until May 23, but notices about the rule are already appearing on benches and lampposts around town.

    The City Council passed the ban on the principle that a nonsmoker shouldn’t have to inhale even a tiny amount of secondhand smoke, whether in a bar or a Central Park meadow. But while there is a strong public-health case for banning smoking indoors, the case for banning it outdoors is much weaker undefined particularly when it runs the risk of a backlash that could undermine the basic goals of the antismoking movement.

    For 25 years I have testified before court proceedings, city council meetings and Congressional hearings in support of smoking bans in workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos. I base my position on the scientific evidence demonstrating that chronic exposure to secondhand smoke undefined the sort of levels you’d experience working in a smoky bar or restaurant undefined significantly increases the risk of respiratory disease, heart disease and lung cancer.

    Inevitably, smoking-ban opponents ask me, “What’s next, banning smoking outdoors?” My answer has always been no: not only can people move around and thus avoid intense exposure, but smoke quickly disperses in the open air.

    True, there is evidence that being near someone smoking, even outdoors, can result in significant secondhand smoke exposure. Researchers at Stanford found that levels of tobacco smoke within three feet of a smoker outside are comparable to inside levels. But no evidence demonstrates that the duration of outdoor exposure undefined in places where people can move freely about undefined is long enough to cause substantial health damage.

    But that hasn’t stopped many opponents of smoking. Citing new research, they have argued that even transient exposure to tobacco smoke can cause severe health effects like heart disease and lung cancer. For example, last year the surgeon general’s office claimed that “even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cardiovascular disease and could trigger acute cardiac events, such as heart attack,” and that “inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer.”

    However, the surgeon general’s statement conflates the temporary negative effects of secondhand smoke on the circulatory system, which have been shown to occur with short-term exposure, with heart disease, a process that requires repeated exposure and recurring damage to the coronary arteries. It also conflates one-time DNA damage, which occurs with any carcinogenic exposure, with cancer risk, which likewise generally requires repeated exposure.

    Moreover, bans like New York’s may actually increase exposure by creating smoke-filled areas near park entrances that cannot be avoided.

    To make matters worse, in trying to convince people that even transient exposure to secondhand smoke is a potentially deadly hazard, smoking opponents risk losing scientific credibility. The antismoking movement has always fought with science on its side, but New York’s ban on outdoor smoking seems to fulfill its opponents’ charge that the movement is being driven instead by an unthinking hatred of tobacco smoke.

    That, in turn, could jeopardize more important fronts in the antismoking fight, in particular the 21 states that still allow smoking in bars and restaurants.

    A ban on outdoor smoking may provide a symbolic victory. But from a public health perspective, it’s pointless. Instead, antismoking organizations should focus on extending workplace protections, already enjoyed by millions of New Yorkers, to the 100 million Americans still denied the right to work without having to breathe in secondhand smoke.

    Michael B. Siegel is a professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.

  • 12 Jan 2011 10:32 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Listen to Keith Moore talk about the pipe world 10 years ago vs. now and his great insight into collecting and appreciating pipes here.
  • 15 Nov 2010 11:40 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Listen to Olie’s ( conversation with UPCA President, Vernon Vig here.
  • 20 Oct 2010 11:51 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Podcasts of interviews with Kurt Huhn and Steve Monjure can be found at
  • 21 Jul 2010 12:07 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Read an interview with 2010 national smoking contest winner, Ray Lykins, at OomPaul.Com.
  • 25 May 2010 3:35 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Listen to the new Jody Davis podcast at
  • 25 May 2010 3:35 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Kevin and Bob at have become big supporters of pipe clubs. The on-line magazine also attracts many younger pipe smokers, so it is a good medium to get the word out about pipe clubs. They recently posted a story about the UPCA annual meeting held earlier this month at the Chicago pipe show. See the article here. Check out the site and subscribe. It’s free!
  • 10 May 2010 3:40 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)

    From Steve Granoff of The Christopher Morley Pipe Club:

    Well, thanks to Bruce Blum and George Amron I finally got to the Chicago Pipe Show.  I’ve attended many pipe shows during the last 25+ years and thought the Chicago show would just be a larger version of the same.  I looked forward to seeing more pipes in one place than I had ever seen and, of course, to see some friends and make new ones.  I thought the show would be about pipes, pipes and more pipes.

    To my surprise, I found that for me, the show was not primarily about pipes.  Oh sure, there were plenty of pipes – pipes by the thousands.  But the most amazing aspect of the show was the people!  There were pipe makers and pipe collectors and pipe smokers from all around the globe.  All the famous and not so famous were there.  But unlike a stage show, instead of just watching the stars from the audience, I got to meet and talk and smoke with them.  And, I don’t mean just small talk.  We discussed briar, tobacco, pipe making, pipe engineering and all sorts of less important subjects.

    From now on when I see a name on a pipe, or a name on a blog or a comment on the internet, there will be a face and a personality to go along with it.  The Chicago Pipe Show was a truly transforming experience.

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