I've had the good fortune to spend the last few days with my son, who is recovering from wounds recieved in Afghanistan. He's a cigar smoker, in fact he got me smoking them again, but I brought out some of my pipes for him to try. We stopped by the local tobaccanist for a couple of samples of good tobacco. My son's first attempt was much like mine, not well packed and difficult to keep lit, but his second bowl went really well. He was so excited about pipes that we spent Saturday looking at antique shops. We didn't find any pipes worth buying, but he did end up with a pipe stand/humidor combo and a pipe tool. Neither of us plan to give up cigars, but pipes are a lot of fun.
Now if I could just get him to join the B&B (he's also a wet shaver).