Smoking might be one of the most popular habits for mankind, and it is a habit that is fairly difficult to quit. For some people, it is not a habit, it is a passion and it is a habit that is a vital part of their lifestyle. There is no denying that smoking pipe tobacco carries significant health risks, but for aficionados who continually enjoy the habit, here are some precautionary measures you might want to consider. The tips and advice offered in this article did not come from a physician himself, but some of the tips are based on proven health concepts about pipe smoking.
Smoking in Moderation
Tobacco smoking poses significant health risks, and this has been long proven by science and researches. To reduce health risks, it would be good to smoke moderately. It would be better if you can resist smoking for one day, one week, or longer; this would allow your body to rest and remove the nicotine from inside your body. If you smoke at a frequency of five times a day or more, consider reducing it to reduce times so you can enjoy smoking on a smaller number of pipes more. Some medical data suggests that moderate smoking is at 1-3 pipes per day. Pipe smoking actually generates more heat than cigarettes do, and this heat can cause more irritation compared to the latter.
Avoid When You Have Sores
Don’t smoke pipes when you have sores, ulcers, or lesions on your mouth or lips. Pipe smiling can actually slow down the healing process of wounds; it also increases the chance of exposing the unprotected tissue to carcinogens from the pipe smoke. If the sores, ulcers, lesions, lumps, or any irregularities are persistent, have a physician check them, especially if they have not healed for more than 2 weeks. Take note of other symptoms as well, these include the following:
- Facial swelling
- Uncommonly bad breath
- Strange tastes in the mouth or a change in the taste
- Neck lumps
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty moving the tongue
- Presence of blood in the mouth
- Jaw pain or earache that is persistent
Get Checked Even Without Symptoms
Don’t be afraid to get yourself checked, even if you don’t exhibit any symptoms. Check up every six months with a physician or a dentist and having the examiner informed that you smoke pipes is also a good idea. Early screening or diagnosis of pipe related illnesses is a major milestone to survival and a successful recovery. Better have the disease treated (if there are any) in its earlier stages, disease diagnoses at the latter stages become difficult to treat and often have poor prognoses. It would also be good to self check your mouth for any irregularities once a week. You can ask your physician or health care provider on how to properly do oral checks.
Avoid Smoking in Just One Position
As much as possible, move the pipe to different positions, the heat generated from the pipe stem can severely irritate the tissues of the lips. Constant irritation by keeping the pipe in just one position can then lead to lip cancer. It would also be advisable to hold the pipe with your hands rather than with your lips, this is because the stream of smoke from the pipe could also irritate the roof of your mouth or certain parts of your tongue. This can lead to the formation of precancerous or cancerous lesions. Also, space your pipe sessions appropriately to allow the tissues of the mouth to rest.