Do You Dare Smoke On An Empty Stomach?

Every morning I hit the caffeine pretty hard. If I'm working, that means six or eight shots of espresso to start things off. I'll also often smoke a pipe on the way into work.

Any time caffeine and pipe tobacco are involved, I have a "I've got to run" moment where I dash to the head and experience fifteen seconds of fury. Not sure why, but once the caffeine and nicotine hit my system, there's a lowering of the boom on my digestive system, and then suddenly I'm fine.

I've got a pretty cast-iron stomach, which I treat in a way that honors its strength (i.e. I'm constantly testing it), but I've learned one thing for sure: never smoke Virginias on an empty stomach. That's just a little too much nicotine intensity.