Smoke me a kipper, skipper

Robin and I got onto the subject of smoking in the car today. (Or rather, in the car, we got onto the subject of smoking). How does one do it? How did Bill Clinton smoke if he didn't inhale? Are you supposed to inhale or not? We thought maybe you weren't supposed to inhale and that this was the problem that new smokers made and the reason they coughed. But you have to inhale, don't you? Do you just suck the smoke into your mouth and spit it back out? Where's the satisfaction in that? Is the air hot when you inhale it? Does it heat up your lungs in the cold?

How is cigar smoking different from cigarette smoking? Having done neither, we had no idea. We thought through the process and decided that you must have to inhale cigarette smoke but not cigar smoke. But we're not quite sure how that works.

"I wonder if HowStuffWorks.com has an article about it*?" I wondered. Clearly I am way too into my Network Computing class, which obsessively trawls the site every week for information. This actually seemed like a really good idea to us, until we made the connection...

"I cannot believe what a bunch of losers we are. We're looking up "money laundering" in the dictionary!"
- Office Space

Engineer + Computer Person + foreign concept = sad.

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* It doesn't directly - like instructions or something. Many articles on related topics, though, if you want to know what cigarette filters do.

srah - Tuesday, 14 October 2003 - 5:50 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar cristina - October 15, 2003 - 5:33 AM -

ok, i'm no smoker, but i've done it a few times, and i too was confused at first. still am really. about the air inhaled being hot/heating yer lungs (haha), no! and from what a cigar-smoker told me, you don't really inhale with cigars. so yeah, you've pretty much got it. next time just try it. you might like it! jk :p

p.s. bill clinton and i are both failures at getting high the first time around. yes, it is possible to not inhale if yer as inept as we!

gravatar Spike - October 15, 2003 - 6:04 AM -

Smoking Lesson:

Inhaling 101: Those who smoke but do not inhale are generally doing so in a feeble attempt to look cool or rebellious. They are also, in general, annoying art students who think their opinion matters to the intellectual elite (computer geeks). They are obviously misguided in both of these assumptions.

Inhaling 102: Those who inhale are addicted to nicotine in varying levels and are real smokers. As am I. :)-~~~

Cigars 101: Cigars are for those who also feel the need to own a large, aggressive-looking automobile. You know what I'm getting at, here. One does not inhale cigar smoke (aside: I've actually done that once and it's a VERY VERY VERY BAD IDEA). Cigarillos are for those who can't afford cigars or who want to look like Clint Eastwood. Neither of these things is to be considered acceptable.

Psychology 101: For many people, the difficult part of giving up smoking is not the nicotine. It's more difficult to find something to do with one's hands and/or the oral sensation (as well as the feeling of hot smoke burning your throat). Hence it is a good idea, when giving up smoking, to find a new hobby. Sports are good. Other things to do with your hands may harm your eyesight.

Howzat? :)

gravatar srah - October 15, 2003 - 6:59 AM -

I still get confused on how you smoke without inhaling. You just bring the smoke into your mouth and spit it out again???!

gravatar lee - October 15, 2003 - 8:09 AM -

I think the real issue at stake here has nothing to do with cigarettes. When you smoke Clinton-style, you only get high if you inhale. So, by saying, "I never inhaled," Clinton found a snazzier way of saying, "I never got high," although, seriously now, he's so full of shit.

As for your last question, Srah, yes, just bring it into your mouth and spit it back out again. People don't inhale at first because, DAMN, that shit can make your eyes water if you're not used to it. Be it cigarette smoke or...other smoke. And I've always found that the the latter is far harder to inhale than the former. At first.

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