Women Are Switching To Cigars and Pipes
WOMEN are poaching on a male territory — pipe and cigar smoking — and, surprisingly, men are not letting out their usual howls. A burly customer buying a miniature, rhinestone‐studded pipe in a midtown cigar store this week said it was for his wife — “I want her to smoke cigars, but she doesn’t like them.”
A secretary said she turned from wallflower to belle at a party when she lighted her pipe. A young wife mentions that she and her husband smoke small cigars in public. A magazine editor was given a pipe by her husband as a birthday present, and a theater‐district smoke shop sold a dozen pipes to a well‐known television comedian for his girl friends.
The Government’s report on smoking sent women scurrying to tobacco counters, and the New York stores have jumped on the bandwagon. Abraham & Straus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s report brisk sales of small pipes and mild tobaccos acy’s also says tipped cigars those incorporating holders—to difficult to keep in stockl, tly to women, but a few are also buying them.
Peck & Peck has packaged a pipe with a special blend called Girl’s Pipe Tobacco. At Alfred Dunhill on Monday a college girl bought pipes for herself and her roommate, and a sedate, mink‐coated matron stocked up on tobacco and pipes. (Her reaons were economic, she said. She was on her way to cigarette‐scarce Kenya.)
Last Saturday, women’s pipes outsold men’s at Dunhill, according to Albert R. Sylvania, manager of the shop. Saturday is the store’s best pipe‐selling day, he pointed out.
“We have always done some business in women’s pipes,” Mr. Sylvania said, “but nothing like this. We sent a buyer on a special trip to Europe for new ideas. There are no plans to advertise women’s pipes — we don’t need to.”
The woman lighting up her first pipe is finding she needs an education on the subject, plus a number of accessories. There are “cool” pipes (with meerschaum bowls or linings) as well as briars. Tobaccos come in aromatic and nonaromatic blends. (Dunhill’s Lady’s Mixture, at $1.25 for two ounces, is displayed on the counter for sampling.)
A new pipe needs to be “broken in” (a matter of eight or nine smokings for a woman’s pipe), it must be cleaned after each smoking and it must not be packed too firmly. A woman needs a tobacco pouch, pipe cleaners and tools for tamping (packing tobacco in the pipe bowl) and reaming (cleaning out old tobacco from the bowl).
Male experts say a pipe should rest, necessitating the ownership of at least two pipes. Pipes sell from $2 to $30. Dunhill’s best seller is $6.95.
Along with the run on pipes, there is one on small cigars and tipped cigars for women. Joseph Slavin of the Stage Cigar Shop said Monday that wholesalers were facing a shortage of this type.
Restaurants like “21,” Sardi’s and La Caravelle report that women are smoking the small cigars after dinner, although pipes are still a rarity.
Women Are Switching To Cigars and Pipes WOMEN are poaching on a male territory — pipe and cigar smoking — and, surprisingly, men are not letting out their usual howls. A burly customer buying a