Fire Standards Compliant Cigarettes



Cigarettes have long been known to be one of the leading causes of fire deaths in the United States. Each year between 700 and 900 lives are lost to fires whose ignition source was cigarettes. In 1984 and 1990 the United States Congress tasked the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) to explore whether cigarettes with a reduced ignition propensity were technically and commercially viable. Technical advisory groups were formed consisting of representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fire Administration , the Federal Trade Commission, the National Cancer Institute, representatives of the tobacco and furniture industries, fire safety professionals and public health and safety advocates. The first study determined that cigarettes with a reduced ignition propensity were viable. The second study developed testing methods that would accurately portray what happens when a cigarette was dropped on furnishings. NIST was again involved in testing in 2000 when they tested a cigarette that was designed with a reduced risk of igniting a fire if it was dropped or discarded. The testing found that the cigarette did exhibit a reduced ignition propensity. In 2004 New York became the first state to mandate that manufacturers provide only fire standard compliant cigarettes be sold in that state.


How Fire Standard Compliant Cigarettes Work


Fire standard compliant cigarettes (FSC) are designed to reduce the amount of time that a cigarette continues to burn when it is not actively being smoked. By reducing the amount of time the cigarette continues to burn it is less likely to ignite furniture or bedding material. The predominant method that cigarette companies use to produce fire standard compliant cigarettes is by wrapping the cigarettes with two or three thin bands of paper that is less porous than the outer paper tube. These bands act as “speed bumps” slowing down the burning of a cigarette, causing it to self-extinguish.


Fire Standards Compliant Cigarettes in Arizona

Effective August 1, 2009, all cigarettes (as defined in  A.R.S. 41-2070.2) sold in the State of Arizona must comply with the State Fire Marshal’s Fire Safe Cigarette Standards. These standards are defined in A.R.S. §§ 41-2170 through 41-2170.08. Any manufacturer who intends for its cigarettes to be sold must have its cigarettes listed as compliant in the Arizona State Fire Marshal Directory of Fire Standards Compliant Cigarettes.


List of Registered Compliant Brands:

Sorted by Brand Family

Sorted by Manufacturer

Certification and Re-certification

Manufacturers' certification is obtained based on a cigarette's "brand family" -  the brand name. The certification fee is $250 per certified brand family for both initial certification and re-certification.  Compliant styles within the certified brand family must be individually certified as Fire Standards Compliant in order to be lawfully sold in the State of Arizona. Initial certification must be filed with the Arizona State Fire Marshal by August 1, 2009. . Cigarettes are required to be recertified within three years of the most recent previous certification for that style of cigarette. For most brands, recertification needs to be filed ify by August 1, 2012

If a manufacturer makes changes to a cigarette which is likely to alter its compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 41-2170 through 41-2170.08 , the cigarette must be recertified before being lawfully sold within the State of Arizona.

 However, although the certification fee is for brand family, each brand style within a brand family must be individually tested and certified as Fire Standards Compliant.


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