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FAQ for Using Rien Pipe

I’m on Pipe #20 and it seems I’m smoking more.

Is that normal?

Some people have experienced this phenomenon, particularly from around Pipe #15-20 onward.  At this point, your body is still getting accustomed to receiving less nicotine than before.

For most people this increase is temporary, and we would recommend not stressing over an increase in the number in cigarettes smoked, as this desire will ultimately begin to wane.

Keep in mind that even if you smoke more cigarettes later on in the series, the actual amount of nicotine that you are inhaling is likely still less than what you had earlier.

If you are curious, you can approximate the number of cigarettes you are smoking on a given pipe using the table below.


Pipe # Multiplier
1 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.97
2 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.94
3 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.91
4 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.88
5 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.85
6 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.82
7 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.79
8 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.76
9 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.73
10 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.7
11 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.67
12 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.64
13 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.61
14 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.575
15 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.545
16 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.515
17 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.485
18 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.454
19 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.425
20 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.39
21 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.36
22 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.33
23 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.3
24 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.275
25 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.235
26 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.205
27 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.175
28 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.14
29 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.11
30 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.08
31 # of cigarettes smoked x 0.05


For example, if you smoke 30 cigarettes a day and you’re using Pipe #15, you are actually smoking the equivalent of around 16 cigarettes that day (=30 x 0.545 = 16.35).

If I smoke 5 cigarettes per day, I will use filter 1 for 5 times than discard them the next day? How does this work?

The general idea is 1 filter per day. Whether you smoke just 3 cigarettes or 2 packs a day, you will still use that day’s filter for all cigarettes smoked.

As you smoke, the Rien Pipe filter will become coated with tar and may begin to smell too. For this reason, we suggest that people periodically disassemble the Rien Pipe, wipe it clean with a cloth or tissue, and reassemble. If it becomes particularly dirty, you may choose to wash the tube with vinegar, alcohol or a mild soap in order to dislodge the tar.

  • Depending on the nicotine content in your cigarettes, you may need to reuse a pipe earlier in the series.
  • Some customers reported going on a business trip and leaving the Rien Pipes at home.  They then smoked without Rien Pipe and when attempting to resume the series, found it difficult.  However, they had thrown away earlier Rien Pipes in the series and decided instead to give up on quitting.

For these reasons, we recommend cleaning and keeping the Rien Pipes in the original foil until you have quit.  Each Rien Pipe has a number imprinted in it for identification (shown to the below).


I was away on business for a week and forgot my Rien Pipes. Should I just pick up where I left off?

Smoking for even a few days without Rien Pipe is unfortunately enough to return the nicotine levels in your body back to where you were before quitting. Generally, we would recommend starting again with Pipe #1 and going forward from there.

If you have only missed a day, you may not need to return to Pipe #1. Instead, you may find that one of the earlier pipes in the series feels comfortable enough. In this case, we recommend returning to the pipe that’s most comfortable and proceeding with the program from there.

I’ve noticed that there is an aluminum part in the place of the micro hole in all the pipes I was using at the beginning, but I couldn’t find any in the pipe I am using now. Could these be defective products?

Except for pipe No. 1, each pipe has a micrometric hole that is drilled using patented ultra-precision technology. These microscopic holes or micro-pores are particularly fine in pipes No. 2-4 that it is not technically possible to drill such an opening into a plastic material.

For this reason, tiny aluminum plates are used in pipes No. 2-4, while all remaining pipes in the series have a hole drilled directly into the plastic tube. That is the reason why certain pipes don’t have aluminum plates. However, it does not mean these are defective products, so please use them as usual.

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Rien Pipe closeup

I’ve used all the pipes in the Rien Pipe program, but still I’m not able to quit smoking. What might be the problem?

The reason why quitting smoking is so difficult is that your body has to deal with the problem of dependence or in other words — addiction.

While you’re physically addicted to the regular batch of nicotine you are getting from smoking, you are depending also on the sole act of smoking itself: you are used to holding the cigarette in your hand and in your mouth. These are the psychological aspects of your addiction.

The Rien Pipe program basically addresses the nicotine addiction, and it gradually reduced your nicotine cravings to minimum. Now, the future is completely in your hands; whether you are going to be a successful quitter or not depends on your own effort and determination. We recommend to keep using pipe No. 31 after you finish the whole program, even if you still don’t feel confident enough to quit. This is to keep your nicotine intake to a minimum.

I smoked without the pipe attached to my cigarette. What should I do?

If you start smoking without the pipes, your body will return to the condition it was before you tried quitting with the Rien Pipe program. In fact, this is the most serious factor behind failure in smoking cessation with Rien Pipe. We strongly recommend that you never smoke without a pipe attached to your cigarette. However, if you smoked only 1 cigarette without the pipe and didn’t feel any difficulties, we recommend proceeding to the next pipe in sequence.

If you smoked several cigarettes without a pipe, we advise returning to a pipe number you feel most comfortable smoking with and continue as before.

In some cases it may be least stressful for you to start again with pipe No. 1.

How should I clean Rien Pipe?

Each pipe consists of 2 major parts -- the grey mouthpiece and the main body of the pipe. The main body is assembled from a plastic transparent tube and a brown plastic removable unit. The plastic transparent tube has a white tiny part inside -- this is the tar catching stick. When cleaning the pipe, first separate the mouthpiece from the transparent tube, then remove the tar stick from the transparent tube holding it with a paper tissue. You can clean the stick and the inner part of the tube by wiping off the attached tar with a paper tissue or a cotton bud.

In case too much gunk accumulates in the pipe, we advise washing it well by soaking it for a while in lukewarm water with some added dishwashing liquid or some other neutral detergent. Please be sure to dry the pipes thoroughly before using them again.

Separate the mouthpiece from the body by slowly pulling them apart - not by twisting.

Separate the tar-catching core using a tissue.

Wipe cleanly the tar-catching core and interior of the body using a tissue.(*You may also rinse the core with water and mild dish detergent if particularly grimy.)

After cleaning the pipe, insert the internal components, then align the small notches in the mouthpiece and body to re-assemble.

Why do I need to replace the pipe in the morning?

Normally, the density of nicotine in the body falls sharply when you wake up in the morning. The reason why smoking feels more intense than usual when you get out of the bed in the morning lies in this as well. By getting a new pipe for the first smoke of the day, you can change over to a pipe that gives you 3% less nicotine compared to the previous day’s pipe without feeling any discomfort.

I’ve misplaced today’s pipe. What should I do?

If you’ve lost a pipe needed for the day, use the following day’s pipe. Although you may experience some discomfort, you will get used to it after a few days. You should never smoke a cigarette without a pipe just because you’ve misplaced the pipe.

I’d like to quit smoking as soon as possible. Is it OK to skip over pipes?

Please ensure that you use the pipes in the right order. The important thing is reducing the amount of nicotine you take in without changing the taste of the cigarette. If the amount of nicotine falls drastically in a short time, it will increase the cravings for a smoke — making you stressed and making it difficult to quit. You must use the pipes in the order as indicated, and use one pipe for the duration of a day.

How many cigarettes can I smoke with one pipe?

The number of cigarettes than you can smoke with one pipe is not limited per se.  You only need to clean the pipes by removing the tar stick from the transparent tube unit when it gets clogged with the brown, bad smelling gunk – tar and the remains of nicotine.

Replacement pipes are available from our online store if you would rather purchase new pipes as opposed to cleaning them