A brass modern-day ''peace pipe'', designed in France, aims to replace e-cigarettes and provide a health boost by encouraging users to breathe deeply while blowing through a twig-like mouthpiece, according to its creator. Amy Pollock reports.
A design studio is bringing French sophistication to alternatives to tobacco. The stylish brass pipe is designed to look like a twig. It holds a drop of essential oil and users blow through its mouthpiece. Its creator says the Sifflu pipe encourages better breathing techniques. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LE SIFFLU PIPE DESIGNER, STEPHANIE MARIN, SAYING: "You try to blow as long as you can, in the same rhythm so the sound helps to maintain a constant exhalation and that will progressively teach us to lengthen our breathing, to take awareness of our breathing and to reach the end of your breath." The pipe, handmade in a Nice workshop, was inspired by Native American peace pipes. And it was prompted by the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, through which nicotine-infused liquid is inhaled. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LE SIFFLU PIPE DESIGNER, STEPHANIE MARIN, SAYING: "I talked to some doctor friends and I asked them what they thought about it. Were we really so worried about tobacco that we put another product on the market in a huge way to replace it? And have we tested this? And they said, no, we don't know what the effects are." The 'healthy' alternative to cigarettes has found admirers in the southern French city. (SOUNDBITE) (French) NICE RESIDENT, CHRISTIANE AUDHUY, SAYING: "I think it's magnificent. Even just in the way it's decorated like this, I could have one." (SOUNDBITE) (French) VISITOR TO NICE, LUCAS DEROCHE, SAYING: "On the design level, it's cool. It's small, it's practical, it's good, yes." (SOUNDBITE) (French) NICE RESIDENT, DOMINIQUE SEPPECHER, SAYING: "I find it pretty, it's delicate, it's dainty." So the chic Sifflu pipe could be a uniquely French alternative to smoking...offering a certain 'je ne sais quoi' to those wishing to carry on puffing, without damaging their health.