The California Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protection Act, which became effective January 1, 2007, provides industry regulation by requiring cigarette manufacturers to certify that a cigarette variety has been tested and meets the fire safety standard as having reduced ignition propensity.
The law is designed to save lives by reducing the risk that cigarettes will ignite upholstered furniture, mattresses, household furnishings and other combustible material. According to the nationwide statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, roughly one in four fire-related deaths is caused by smoking materials.
Under the new law, cigarettes sold in California must meet the following criteria:
- The cigarettes must satisfy American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E2187-04, "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes."
- The cigarettes must be sold in packaging marked with the letters "FSC" for Fire Standards Compliant" and approved by the State Fire Marshal.
- A certification must be submitted by the manufacturer to the State Fire Marshal certifying that each cigarette listed was tested and satisfies the performance requirements of ASTM E2187-04.