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    Is OTC An Outdated Term?

    Since there are a lot less stores that sell pipe tobacco (B&Ms and e-tailers not withstanding), has the term "OTC" become antiquated? I'd like to hear what my fellow pipers think about that.

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    Still applies in UK. St. Bruno, Condor, Mellow Virginia, Clan etc. available in supermarkets and garages - anything else though needs a specialist tobacconist.
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    I can still walk into IGA or Rite Aid and get Prince Albert, Carter Hall, and Sir Walter Riley...Its usually between the cigarettes and the Copenhagen
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    The OTC brands around here are the usual suspects that can be found at the big supermarkets and pharmacies like Walgreen's: Carter Hall, Prince Albert, Captain Black, etc. I think that certain brands can be designated as OTCs and I refer to them in such a way.
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    I live in a town with a population of around 80,000 people.Not much has changed over the last twenty years. You're rarely more than a couple of blocks from a Kiosco where you can buy cigarettes but there's only one shop in town that sells a small range of imported pipe tobacco, the majority being low quality pouch blends. If you ask they will get it in for you at extra cost however it's only blends that are available in Buenos Aires so still no Condor or St Bruno!! They're the only shop that sells cigars from Cafe Creme to Cohiba so the cigar smoker is much better catered for. Strangely enough I've seen a few pipe smokers out and about but never someone smoking a cigar.

    Even in Buenos Aires you have to go to proper tabaquerias to get pipe tobacco. So not so easy there either with most of them being in the centre. Even then it's mostly European tobacco blends some of which appear then disappear never to be seen again.

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    Here in Canada many stores have stopped selling pipe tobacco but still sell a small variety of cigs and cigars. The ones that do, sell only pouches of Amphora, Captain Black and Sail etc. No Carter Hall or Prince Al here for a very long time (20+years). I have 2 tobacconists, closest one 21 km away and the other much further before you would see any tins or variety. And even then the offerings might be limited to the stores recent restocking orders..

    So if I had to rely solely on local convenience stores for my pipe tobacco, I would have to say I would be smoking OTC stuff. In fact, I was until I found tobacco forums I was in what might be called variety isolation.

    Now if the quality of a "pouch" tobacco is the key to OTC snub then I would also say it the term is still valid to me.
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    OTC...over the counter. There's a lot of things deemed too old and no longer useful by today's society. Tobacco is just one of them. Doesn't matter where it's available or what it's called, those who choose to smoke should be happy they can get it at all. Doesn't mean I agree with it, it's just the way it is nowadays.

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