PIPE SMOKING TODAY - Extract
From 1996 - 2007 I competed in the annual British Pipe Smoking Championships. In 2003 I won with a time of 1hr 38mins, 38 seconds for a 3gm pipe of tobaco smoked throughout without re-lighting.
It was one of the most friendly gatherings which I have ever attended. Competitors came from all parts of the UK and it was the only occasion when we saw one another.
Now these friendships have been cruelly destroyed. On July 1, 2007 a law was introduced banning smoking in public places in England. As our venue, although hired exclusively for the event, is deemed to be a public place then the Championships could no longer be held there. Alternative premises, pubs and clubs, were no longer legal either.
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