Tuck-N-Toke: A Pipe for Extreme Conditions

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For smokers, there's nothing worse than not being able to light a cigarette in extreme conditions. And when you're halfway up the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff during January, flicking your Bic won't do the trick.

Enter the Tuck-N-Toke, a new smoking device created by native Arizonan Scott Gwilliam. Gwilliam's a lifelong skiing and snowboarding enthusiast, and a smoker, too. He says the idea for the Tuck-N-Toke came to him when he was alone on the Alberta ski lift. He took off his gloves and goggles and went through a futile process of trying to light his smoke with windproof lighters, even tucking his head inside his jacket. Nothing worked.

"Very few windproof lighters work at 6,000 feet," Gwilliam says. "Ones that do work are $50 to $100 a piece. I've been skiing since I was eight, and my father and I both experienced problems with windproof lighters...Tuck-N-Toke is pretty much an extension of your mouth. [With regular lighters in wind] you take a lighter and your cigarette, and tuck it down by your stomach to see if the lighter works. So why don't we use something that's an extension of your mouth and shielded by your body?"

Here's how it's supposed to work: The Tuck-N-Toke is a single hookah hose device with a bowl on one end and a mouthpiece on the other. Smokers pack the bowl with whatever they're smoking. Once the bowl's lit, it will theoretically stay lit, and can be smoked or used to light cigarettes, etc.

Gwilliam says the device is ideal not only for skiing, but boating, hanging out on the beach, driving with the window down, and motorcycle riding. "It's more for dirt bikes," Gwilliam says. "We don't think you should smoke while riding a motorcycle down the street."

So far, Gwilliam says the reception for Tuck-N-Toke -- which just launched in April -- has been good. The product's available in 20 stores throughout four states (and also for sale online), and garnered great feedback at the Kush Expo in California, where Gwilliam says Tommy Chong took a photo holding a Tuck-N-Toke. "He said, 'Tuck-N-Toke!' What a great name!" Gwilliam recalls.

Tuck-N-Toke also receives promotion through comedian Freddy Lockhart, who went to Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe with Gwilliam. Lockhart starred on Frank Caliendo's TV show, Frank TV, and now has a successful podcast called "What's Good?" Gwilliam says Lockhart recently discussed Tuck-N-Toke during a podcast with Joe Rogan.

Gwilliam, who says he's a registered medical marijuana patient in Arizona, adds that the Tuck-N-Toke isn't just for windy days. "I use it as an everyday pipe. I don't like to smoke a glass pipe with a flame next to my face," he says. "Tuck-N-Toke is ideal for medical marijuana patients."

In addition to the Tuck-N-Toke, Gwilliam says his Mesa-based company, Windtamer LLC, is working on developing a line of smoking accessories like grinders and rolling papers. But for now, his focus is on promoting the Tuck-N-Toke mini-pipes. "Right now, it's really about getting the Tuck-N-Toke name out there, and building a brand," he says. "There's nothing else like it on the market."

For more information on Tuck-N-Toke (and to see a video demonstration on a ski lift), visit www.tuckntoke.com.

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