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Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking and metals

03/14/2001

Question:

what metals are acceptable to use for a pipe? (i am referring to a metal screen, or a metal bowl on the pipe, which would be exposed to flame and the smoking mixture). i heard that smoking out of certain metals may cause lockjaw-- is there any validity to this claim? i am already familiar with the dangers brought about by smoking itself, but how can various metal smoking implements confound this?

Answer:

Pipes used in tobacco smoking are made of wood - such as briar and do not contain metals.

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Response by:

Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emeritus
College of Public Health
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University