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2013 Pipe Club Census
Published on: 5/21/2013
The results of the 2013 pipe club census is available as a .pdf file.
Facebook Club Pages
Published on: 10/3/2012
Consider making a Facebook group page for your club. Several clubs already have one. It has several benefits. First of all it is free! Second, many people use Facebook already. So it would not require much effort to create a page.
Become an Associate Member
Published on: 5/10/2010
At its April 30 Annual Meeting, UPCA kicked off a campaign to solicit contributions from all in the pipe and tobacco industry to help support its activities by becoming Associate Members. UPCA needs broader financial support to expand and improve the range of services and benefits it offers to maintain the enthusiasm of the entire American pipe smoking community.

Smoking Contest Results

2018 UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest
The UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest was held on May 6th 2018 at the Chicagoland Pipe Show. Photos and contest results are posted here.

Related Articles

2019 Pipe & Tobacco Survey Results
Published on: 4/6/2019
Results of a survey of pipe smokers conducted on Facebook by Doc Garr.
Origin Story by Colin Rigsby
Published on: 11/20/2015
My father is a pipe smoker. There is nothing unusual about this, as I bet that many of you reading this grew up in a family with a father who smoked a pipe, or an uncle, or a grandfather… you get the point. As this introduced me to the wonderful pastime of pipe smoking and later pipe making, it was not this by itself that really peaked my interest.

I have always enjoyed going to interesting shops. Whether I’m interested in the items they sell or not, I have been always drawn to the unique shop that sells everything from antiques to collectables to even hobby materials. What sometimes is more interesting that the shop itself is its proprietor. A familiar, comfortable environment does not a chain store usually make. Just such a shop existed in my hometown during my formative years; Bradley’s Pipe and Tobacco.
UPCA in P&T magazine
Published on: 6/26/2012
In the summer 2012 issue of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine, William Serad in his article "Emerging flavors" writes about the benefits of slow pipe smoking.
"It's a St. Louis Thing" Story of St. Louis pipe show
Published on: 3/14/2012
What Do Frosty the Snowman, Popeye, Einstein, and These Guys Have in Common?

Watch as Aaron Mermelstein brings his unique take on all things St. Louis to HEC-TV
A Smoking Ban Too Far (NYTimes OpEd)
Published on: 4/9/2011
NEW YORK CITY’S ban on smoking in its parks and on its beaches won’t go into effect until May 23, but notices about the rule are already appearing on benches and lampposts around town.

The City Council passed the ban on the principle that a nonsmoker shouldn’t have to inhale even a tiny amount of secondhand smoke, whether in a bar or a Central Park meadow. But while there is a strong public-health case for banning smoking indoors, the case for banning it outdoors is much weaker undefined particularly when it runs the risk of a backlash that could undermine the basic goals of the antismoking movement. Podcasts
Published on: 1/12/2011
The web site features podcast interview of many people that are important tot he pipe world. Here are just a few: on UPCA
Published on: 5/25/2010
Kevin and Bob at have become big supporters of pipe clubs. The on-line magazine also attracts many younger pipe smokers, so it is a good medium to get the word out about pipe clubs.
Historic Pipes on Display
Published on: 3/17/2010
English and Dutch manufactured smoking pipes dating back to the 1600s were among the artifacts uncovered during the archaeological dig before the construction of the South Ferry Terminal began.

Nineteen of these pipes will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the New York Transit Museum’s Gallery Annex
Will Sherlock Holmes Inspire Pipe Newbies?
Published on: 1/20/2010
Will the new Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. spark a new interest in smoking pipes? Read Christian Chensvold’s NY Times blog about it. Also included is a list of tobacco shops in the Big Apple.
Published on: 12/3/2009
We lost a world class pipe smoker when Walter Cronkite passed away last summer at a ripe old age and I had been meaning to say something about him for some time. I was glad at the time to see that the media were brave enough and honest enough, even in the current anti-smoking climate, to include some pictures of him with a pipe in his mouth in their many tributes to him and his long career in broadcasting. Of course, they really had to because the pipe was very often there and an important part of his image and character.