Rules of Pipe Smoking competitions

Art. 1
Only persons over the age of 18 and members of pipesmoking clubs affiliated to the national pipe club, member of the CIPC, can take part in the competition.
Art. 2
The organizing association has the right to limit the number of participants. However the limit must be stated when the association is appointed to organize the competition.

Art. 3
Participants will only use the tobacco selected by the organizers of the competition.
Art. 4
The quantity of tobacco to be used will be three grams.
Art. 5
The organizers will make the name of the selected tobacco known, together with the full programme of the event, latest two months in advance.

Art. 6
The organizers will provide all participants with the pipes to be used at the beginning of the competition.
Art. 7
The pipes will be made of briar, straight and classical in shape, with or without a removable filter and will be able to hold at least three grams of tobacco. They will be supplied by the pipe club organizing the competition.
Art. 8
The organizers will announce the exact dimensions of the pipe to be used for the competition at least two months in advance following the provisions of art. 7 above. The organizers will also send a sample of the pipe to any club on request, against payment.
Art. 9
Should the pipe have a filter, the participant may remove it.

Art. 10

The jury has the full binding power, and shall be composed of at least five persons: the president of the CIPC or his nominee; a competition-leader, from the organizing pipe club, whose duty is to appoint the time-keepers, announce the decisions and results, and if necessary, the intermediate times of the competition; at least three jury-members, being the presidents of national pipe clubs or their nominees, nominated at the CIPC-meeting on the preceding day of the competition.
Art. 11
Each group of ten participants will be attended by at least one steward. The stewards will be appointed by the competition-leader. They will control the competition, constantly supervise the participants and use the time-registration card placed in front of the participant to register the time achieved by each participant. The stewards will distribute pipes and other items stipulated in art. 16 herein. They will seek instructions from the jury whenever the need arises. The jury is allowed to replace a steward during the competition if found inefficient.

Art. 12

Each participant will receive a numbered card and may be given a name plate which is to be placed visibly. Each participant will then be seated at their respectively numbered table/seat.
Art. 13
The participants will only be allowed to use a wooden tamper, fifteen mm in diameter and ten cm long, which will be supplied by the organizers.
Art. 14
When the competition-leader gives the signal, the steward will supply each participant with one pipe each; after examining it, the pipe shall be placed in front of each participant. Any defective pipe may be replaced.
Art. 15
When the competition-leader gives the signal, each steward will place one tamper as described in art. 13 and one packet of tobacco in front of each participant. The participants are not allowed to touch the tobacco until the starting signal is given.
Art. 16
The steward will control that only the following items are in front of each participant: the pipe, the packet of tobacco, the wooden tamper, two matches in a box, an A4-sized sheet of paper, a time-registration card.
Each participant will have to keep in mind that:
1) the tamper may only be used when the pipe is in the mouth
2) it is strictly forbidden to knock or shake the pipe in any way or by any means whatsoever
3) the participant may remove the mouthpiece from the pipe for a few seconds during the competition in order to get any liquid out of it by knocking it on the sheet of paper or by blowing through it
4) the sheet of paper can be used by each participant to wipe the tamper during the competition.
5) participants may remove ash from the pipe, but may not put back any tobacco which falls out during this operation
6) participants are allowed to drink after the first ten (10) minutes of of the competition. There will be water and glasses on each table at their disposal
7) it is not allowed to keep the pipe alight by blowing in the bowl of the pipe through neither the mouth nor the nose. These are grounds for disqualification.
Art. 17
When the competition-leader gives the starting signal, the participants will open the packet of tobacco and will have five minutes to fill the pipe.
Art. 18
The tobacco may be shredded only within this preparation period.
Art. 19
The participants are not allowed to humidify the tobacco in any way.
Art. 20
The participants are not allowed to put any extraneous matter such as chalk, filter or similar materials into the pipe.
Art. 21
After the allowed five minutes, the time-keeper will remove the remaining tobacco.
Art. 22
When the competition-leader gives the signal, the participants must light their pipes, and time will be registered from then on.
Art. 23
The participants shall have one minute to light the pipe by using one or both matches. Any match which breaks or does not light will be replaced by the time-keeper.
Art. 24
The participant whose pipe estinguishes will immediately hand over his time-registration card to the steward.
Art. 25
Should the steward suspect that a pipe is estinguished, he will be allowed to ask the participant to exhale smoke. If the pipe is totally estinguished and the participant has not singaled it in due time as stated in art. 24, the time-keeper will request the jury to disqualify the participant for lack of fair play.
Art. 26
The disqualified participant must give up his time-registration card to the steward.
Art. 27
Should any pipe burn, the jury will disqualify the participant.

Art. 28

No advertisement or trade name is permitted on the clothes of the members of the jury.

Art. 29

The organizers will lay down the entry fee for the competition; each participant will pay the fee, non refundable, until the registration deadline fixed by the organizers.
Art. 30
Last minute entry or replacement may be accepted or rejected by the organizers.
Art. 31
In addition to the entry fee, each participant will pay for any incurred cost. These are equally non refundable.

The jury will draw up the final list of the winners. The jury’s decision is final and binding.

Art. 33

The winner shall be the participant who smokes the longest, provided that the pipe is not burned and the participant did not break any of the regulations. The jury will inspect the pipes smoked by the top ten smokers to determine whether the pipes have not been burnt.
Art. 34
The winner will be entitled to be called “World”, “European”, “Asian” or “American Champion”, as the case may be.
Art. 35
The organizers may however offer special awards and may draw up a special list of winners for the ladies.

Art. 36

Each team may be comprised of a maximum of five smokers, whose names will be notified by the president of the national pipe club. The times recorded by the top three winners of each national team will be taken into account.
Art. 37
Each team will be composed of members affiliated to the national pipe club that nominated them. Teams can be of mixed genders.
Art. 38
The team-winning country will be authorized to use the title according to art. 34.

Art. 39

Each team may be comprised of a maximum of 5 smokers, whose names will be notified by a local club affiliated to a national club belonging to the CIPC. The times recorded by the top three winners in each local team will be taken into account.

Art. 40

The participants are allowed to appeal against the decision of a time-keeper by lodging a complaint with the jury up to fifteen minutes after the competition.
Art. 41
No complaint will be accepted after the above mentioned time.
Art. 42
The organizers decline any liability for any damage or injury caused by things or persons, whether they are participants or not.
Art. 43
By entering the competition, participants implicitly agree to abide by the general CIPC Regulations, ipso facto.

Art. 44

Clubs belonging to the CIPC accept these regulations as the only ones applicable for the awarding of the titles according to art. 34 and 38.
Art. 45
The articles 10, 11, 12, 16.6) and 36 can be settled otherwise by a national club for the organization of a national championship. The title of national winner, eventually of winner of the clubs, is entitled in accordance to art. 33 to 39.
Art. 46
The CIPC reserves the right to adjudicate any cases which may arise.


Revised in 1997 as per the resolutions made at CIPC General Assembly held in Graz, Austria in 1996.

PURPOSE: The regulations are set to register records of pipe smoking competition held under the supervision of CIPC to set the WORLD Record, EUROPEAN Record, ASIAN Record and AMERICAN Record.
Article 1
CIPC (Comite International des Pipe Clubs) is responsible for making an official registration of international records. Only the records accepted and registered with CIPC can be called a WORLD Record, an EUROPEAN Record, an ASIAN Record or an AMERICAN Record.
Article 2
Records to be registered with CIPC are the new records achieved by individual smokers at a World Championship, an European Championship, an Asian Championship, an American Championship and National Championships or Regional Competitions held at each member country of CIPC.
Article 3
Registration of the record will be accepted only when the competition, in which it is achieved, complies with all the conditions and requisitions set hereunder.
Article 4
The CIPC Regulations for National And International Pipe Smoking Championship are to be applied and the competition must be held under the supervision of CIPC.
Article 5
The supervision of CIPC here means that:
International Championships (World, European, Asian and American) – At least one of the CIPC Board Members (President, Vice Presidents and Secretary General) must be present as the President of Jury.
National Championships – Either one of the CIPC Board Members or the President of the National Federation must be present as the President of the Jury.
Regional Competitions – Either the President of National Federation or his/her deputy must be present as the President of the Jury.
Deputy – A CIPC Board Member or the National President who is responsible for supervising the championship or the competition can give a written authorization to a deputy who, on behalf of him/her, will take the responsibility as the President of the Jury. Such a written authorization must be given to the organizer before the competition starts.
Article 6
a) International Championships (World, European, Asian and American) must be held by CIPC and at least two (2) member countries of CIPC must participate in the championship.
b) National Championships must be held by the National Federation belonging to CIPC and at least two (2) member clubs of the national federation must participate in the championship. Regional Competitions are held for a province or a district of each member country of CIPC and at least two (2) member clubs of the national federation must participate in it.
Article 7
An official report of the examination of tobacco weight in accordance with the CIPC Regulations for National and International Pipe Smoking Championship must be made.
Article 8
A request to register a new record is to be made in writing by the President of the National Federation to the President of CIPC within two (2) weeks after the championship in which the new record was achieved. This request must be accompanied with the following documents:
1) An official report of the tobacco weight as per the Form A.
2) An official report of the time to be registered as per the Form B.
3) A written authorization for deputy when applicable.
All these documents must bear the signature as requested in the forms.
Article 9
The Board of CIPC (President, Vice Presidents, and Secretary General) will decide if the record is accepted or not.
Article 10
Within thirty (30) days after the receipt of the request, the President of CIPC will inform the CIPC decision in writing to the applicant.
Article 11
a) The Secretary General of CIPC is responsible to keep all up-dated recordings of registration for WORLD Record, EUROPEAN Record, ASIAN Record and AMERICAN Record.
b) After acceptance and registration of each new record, the Secretary General of CIPC will issue a report to all member countries within three (3) months informing the new record and the most up-dated WORLD Record, EUROPEAN Record, ASIAN Record and AMERICAN Record.