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July 13, 1970

The Smokeless Pipe

Author Affiliations

La Jolla, Calif

JAMA. 1970;213(2):301. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170280059030

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To the Editor:—  As an alternative, or perhaps an adjunct under certain conditions, to "The Smokeless Pipe," how about a special pipe to be used by the nonsmoker in the presence of tobacco smoke from others? I propose a pipe with a large enough bowl and a stem with an adequate lumen to provide an adequate air flow through a mass of smoke-absorbent material, so that the nonsmoker could be a mouth breather, exhaling through the nose, until he could locate a better environment. He would not look as conspicuous as if he wore a gas mask. A possible deleterious side effect might be that he would be looked upon by other nonsmokers as the culprit.