Fire-safe cigarettes, also known as reduced ignition propensity cigarettes, are designed to stop burning when left unattended. Under a Montana law passed by the 2007 Legislature, all cigarettes sold or offered for sale in Montana must meet the same criteria for fire-safe cigarettes as in New York State. The law went into effect May 1, 2008.
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 nationwide statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, roughly one in four fire-related deaths is caused by smoking materials.
Fire-safe cigarettes cost the same and have the same characteristics as other cigarettes. The law contains provisions for stores to sell their existing inventory of cigarettes.
For additional information, see the Cigarette Standards Report to the 2011 Legislature (PDF) or contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Before cigarettes can be sold or offered for sale in Montana, cigarette manufacturers must submit:
- test certification demonstrating that their cigarettes meet the fire safety requirements in accordance with ASTM E2187-04 Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes or, for any cigarette that cannot be tested under ASTM E2187-04, in accordance with Section 50-65-102(4)(a) of the Montana Code Annotated, and
- the required information on package marking.
Each cigarette style certified for sale in Montana must be re-certified every three years.
Once a cigarette is certified, the manufacturer is required to provide:
- a copy of the certification to all wholesale dealers and agents to whom it sells cigarettes
- sufficient copies of an illustration of the package marking used for each retail dealer to whom the wholesalers or agents sell cigarettes
To sell or offer to sell cigarettes in Montana, the cigarettes must be listed on the Directory of Fire-Safe Cigarette Approved for Sale in Montana and also comply with the provisions related to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement for listing on the Tobacco Directory.