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Public Protection Cabinet

Safe Cigarettes

State Fire Marshal
Fire Safe Cigarette Certification and Testing

CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
 
List and Requirements
How can I become fire-safe compliant in Kentucky? 
  1. Each manufacturer shall submit to the state fire marshal a written certification attesting that:
    • Each cigarette listed in the certification has been tested in accordance with KRS 227.772; and
    • Each cigarette listed in the certification meets the performance standard set forth under KRS 227.772(1)(d).
  2. Each cigarette listed in the certification shall be described with the following information:
    • Brand or trade name on the package.
    • Style, such as light or ultra light.
    • Length in millimeters.
    • Circumference in millimeters.
    • Flavor, such as menthol, if applicable.
    • Filter or non-filter.
    • Package description, such as soft pack or box.
    • Marking approved in accordance with KRS 227.776.
    • The name, address and telephone number of the laboratory, if different than the manufacturer that conducted the test.
    • The date that the testing occurred.
  3. The certifications shall be made available to the attorney general for purposes consistent with KRS 227.770 to 227.784 and the Department of Revenue for the purposes of ensuring compliance with this section.
  4. Each cigarette certified under this section shall be recertified every three years.
  5. For cigarettes certified in compliance with this section, a manufacturer shall pay to the state fire marshal a fee of $1,000 per brand family. "Brand family" shall have the same meaning as in KRS 131.604.
Current Fire-Safe Cigarette Compliant List
A certified list of Kentucky Fire-Safe Cigarette compliant brand families is available under Quick Links. 

*If your brand families are not listed and you need to become fire-safe compliant in Kentucky, please call 502-573-0382 immediately. 

Currently, the Division of Fire Prevention is issuing a two- to three-week approval process for Fire-Safe Cigarette certifications.

*If a manufacturer certifies a cigarette variety and later makes any change that is likely to alter the cigarette variety’s compliance with the fire safety performance standard before distributing the changed cigarette variety in Kentucky, the manufacturer shall retest the ignition propensity of the variety.
 
TESTING INFORMATION
 
Cigarette varieties must be tested using the ASTM International specification E2187-04, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes.  
  • Testing must be conducted on 10 layers of filter paper.
  • 40 replicate tests shall constitute a complete test trial for each cigarette variety tested.
  • For a cigarette variety to be declared to have reduced ignition propensity, no more than 25 percent of the cigarettes in a complete test trial conducted in accordance with an ignition propensity testing method described in this section shall exhibit full-length burns.
  • A cigarette listed in a certification under Section 7 of this act using lowered permeability bands in the cigarette paper to achieve compliance with the fire safety performance standard described in Subsection 6 of this section must have:
    • At least two nominally identical bands on the paper surrounding the tobacco column.
    • If the bands are not positioned on the cigarette by design, at least one complete band must be at least 15 millimeters from the lighting end of the cigarette.
    • If the bands are positioned on the cigarette by design, the cigarette must have at least two bands that are entirely located at least 15 millimeters from the lighting end.
    • If the cigarette is filtered, the bands must be located at least 10 millimeters from the filter end of the tobacco column.
  • If the cigarette is non-filtered, the bands must be located at least 10 millimeters from the labeled end of the tobacco column.