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Most bubble pipes are made of plastic and therefore cannot be used for actual smoking. They are usually brightly colored, and sometimes feature fanciful designs including multiple bowls. Like candy cigarettes, bubble pipes allow children to imitate adult smokers. As concern over the harmful effects of tobacco smoke and the marketing of smoking products to children has risen, both have become considerably less popular.
Children are also commonly found to have a bubble pipe in order to create a sophisticated dress up look or in the attempt to look like Sherlock Holmes. 
In historic terms, there is a painting from about the year of 1733 of a young boy blowing a bubble out of what seems to be a pipe. The artist who created it was named Jean Siméon Chardin. In the year of 1918, there was a man named J. L Gilchrist who filed a patent for a style of bubble pipes that can be produced quickly and easily. Bubble pipes were one of the first and original mass productions of bubble blowers that became popular so that kids could imitate an adult smoker. In the 1940s, the packaging of the bubble pipes were known to be colorful and decorated in a bright style. 
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