Ploom - new high tech pipe, for cigar smokers?

Discussion in 'Manufacturers' started by pureflavor, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. pureflavor

    pureflavor New Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Hello all,

    I'm the co-founder of a San Francisco company that recently launched a new pipe tobacco product called Ploom.

    It heats special tobacco-containing capsules called "Ploom Pods" to just the point where they release a flavorful vapor, without burning or the side effects of combustion.

    We've seen a lot of sales and interest from cigar smokers. The experience is quite different, but many cigar enthusiasts are surprised by the clean, intense tobacco flavor. This surprised us, too, since many of our blends have a good deal of top flavoring and were aimed more at the social cigarette or hookah smoker.

    Due to the interest in pure tobacco, we're starting to work on lines with no added flavor. We've experimented with tobacco taken from some famous cigars, and the results are very promising. The process is more like steeping tea, so we can preserve the aroma of the unlit tobacco. Even non-smokers don't find the smell offensive. To the contrary, most everyone finds it pleasant, and it can be used indoors even most places where smoking is banned.

    I wanted to get a discussion started online about how the product is perceived relative to cigars.

    Also, we are looking for territory reps in all corners of the U.S. If you are interested or have any recommendations, please let me know.

    For more info on the product and company, you can visit:

    Our first unflavored blend is affectionately called Naked. It's not in the main storefront yet, but you can find it with this link:


  2. jfields

    jfields Where did all my money go?

    Jan 25, 2007
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Honestly, my opinion (as I'm sure most cigars enthusiast will be) is "why bother at all".

    I can see it with cigarettes maybe as this type of smoker is looking for a nicotine delivery system that is politically correct, and will not offend others around them.

    Cigar smoking to me is associated with relaxation, and tasting the rolled up leaves, the smell, the feel, etc. are all a part of the 1 to 2 hours I get from sitting down with my favorite smoke of the day.

    Quite the opposite of cigarette smokers ........ We try to be conscientious of others around us, but we don't care about being politically correct, or the possible health risk we don't think compare at all.
  3. Rod

    Rod Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Upland, CA
    In case anyone is wondering, Adam asked me if he could post this. I said it was fine, as the product is different than your typical e-cigarette; kind of an interesting idea.
  4. Josh

    Josh Chronically Misinformed

    Feb 25, 2004
    Springfield, MO
    I'd try it if I was drunk. :thumbs:
  5. LilBastage

    LilBastage Meat is murder! Tasty, tasty murder.

    Oct 25, 2005
    Somewhere, out there.
    If I had a dollar for every time I've said that and had something good come out of it...I'd be one broke sumbitch. :sign:

    It's an interesting idea, but I can't see myself ever trying it. I couldn't use it here, anyway. All the new "e-smoking" devices are just as verboten as the real deal up here.
  6. 2K6TBSS

    2K6TBSS Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2010
    East Bay, CA
    Sounds like an interesting idea. Not something that I will try, but I do wish you luck in your new adventure.
  7. ironpeddler

    ironpeddler Ye Old Newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Land of Snatch & Honey
    Interesting concept and the designed form factor is both elegant and high tech looking....the counter display, the Model One, right down to the pods and their packaging. Well done!

    A little pricey to start off with, but would love to come across one to try in a restaurant.

    Good luck Adam and keep us informed of your progress.
  8. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc When Death smiles, Corpsmen smile back

    Oct 16, 2005
    New England
    They say, "Necessity is the mother of invention". I just don't find it necessary.

  9. Not A Nice Person

    Not A Nice Person Pink.

    Oct 8, 2008
    South Texas
    Indeed. The smoke is the POINT. If I can't be wreathed in glorious clouds of fragrant tobacco smoke, I'll just wait until I get home and can be.

  10. nhcigarfan

    nhcigarfan I like cigars

    Sep 7, 2005
    Rye, New Hampshire
    I think it looks interesting. Could replace minis and such. If I could load a pod with pipe tobacco and it passes the wife sniff test (nothing has yet) so I could be inside in the winter I'd give it a shot.
  11. insight

    insight Making friends everywhere!

    Aug 24, 2006
    West of Disorder

    I think that is a really good point. If you could do this with pipe tobacco I think it could be a very interesting option
  12. pureflavor

    pureflavor New Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    We've experimented with premium pipe & cigar tobaccos. It's quite amazing. And yes, definitely passes the sniff test.

    What's your favorite pipe tobacco? Maybe we can make up some samples. (It's a bit more complicated than just sticking it in a pod).

  13. Q_The_Cop

    Q_The_Cop Beware Clown!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Milledgeille, Ga
    I have an e-cig that I use everyday (needed to quit smoking). The tobacco and cigar flavored liquids are fantastic and very tasty! Best thing... No smell! I would like to try the Ploom! It sounds like a interesting idea!
  14. SeanBen

    SeanBen New Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Hey I use e-cig and I would love to try this ploom once..It is better to use it as no smell , no ash and economic also.
  15. CBoukal

    CBoukal Long time Newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    I will agree with the other guys, I am not addicted to the cigar as much as I am addicted to experience. (i.e touch, smell, bite, friends, cloud of smoke)
  16. ilikefishes

    ilikefishes Active Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    I think this has merit for people I'm colder environments. Priced pretty well too. Good luck and keep us posted. Do we get a discount?:rolleyes:

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