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A smoking pipe is a device made to allow the user to inhale or taste smoke or vapor derived from the burning or vaporization of some substance. The most common form of these is the tobacco pipe, which is designed for use with tobacco, although the device itself may be used with many other substances. The pipes are manufactured with a variety of materials, the most common (as the popularity of its use): Briar, Heather, corn, meerschaum, clay, cherry, glass, porcelain, ebonite, acrylic and other more unusual materials. Other kinds of smoking pipes include:
- Bowl (smoking), pipes of various designs for smoking cannabis
- Bong, also known as a water pipe
- Ceremonial pipe, used by some Native American peoples
- Chalice, a pipe used by Rastafari in cannabis rituals
- Chibouk, a long-stemmed Turkish tobacco pipe with a clay bowl, often ornamented with precious stones
- Chillum (pipe), conical smoking pipe originally from India
- Hookah, tall stemmed pipe in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water, also known as a water pipe
- Kiseru, Japanese pipe traditionally used for smoking finely shredded tobacco
- Midwakh, small smoking pipe of Arabian origin
- Opium pipe, designed for the vaporization and inhalation of opium
- Sebsi, traditional Moroccan smoking pipe
Dutch Pipe Smoking
During the 17th Century, pipe smoking became a new trend among the Dutch young, in specific the upper and middle class students. These students copied the Spanish sailors and soldiers in the area by joining them in participation of pipe smoking. In particular they were interested in the novelty it brought, which was the inhale of smoke. However, the only way to smoke tobacco was through a pipe. Popularity grew throughout and became a mainstream habit for the Dutch during this time. “In a relatively short period of time, from 1590 to 1650, the Dutch Republic had gone from being a country of non-smokers to being a tobaccophile of Europe.” Typically, these young folk did their smoking in smoking rooms or parlors, also known as “tobacco houses.” They smoked for social habit, usually with other smokers. “It took more than a century for this new practice to come into fashion.” The popularity of pipes grew interest in artists. Although pipes has once been associated with the lower class, it turned into a symbol of prestige and vanity. Images of pipes could be found in numerous painting during the time. For example, in Willem Buytewech’s painting The Merry Company (circa 1620-1622), there are three young men and a woman sitting around a table with a tobacco pipe lying in the middle. Additionally, in artist Adriaen Brouwer’s portrait The Smokers (1636), he too was interested in the pipe. The smokers in the painting are sucking on their pipes.
- Roberts, Benjamin B. (2017). "In Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age". Amsterdam University Press: 123–38 – via JSTOR.