The Alaska Reduced Ignition Propensity (Fire Safe) cigarette program 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 and assists them in meeting state requirements through technical assistance and program materials.
The bill signed into law July 18, 2007. The effective date for implementation was August 1, 2008. Cigarettes bought and stamped prior to the effective date of the legislation may continue to be sold until existing stock is sold providing inventory does not exceed prior year inventories.
Cigarette varieties must be tested using the ASTM International specification E2187-04, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes.
The laboratory that conducts ignition propensity testing for purposes of section 2 of this 2007 act must have a quality control and assurance program. The program shall be designed to ensure the testing repeatability value for all test trials used to certify a cigarette variety. The repeatability value of ignition propensity testing may not be greater than 0.19.
Manufacturers shall submit a written certification attesting that each variety of cigarette listed in the certification has been subjected to ignition propensity testing and meets the fire safety performance standard. The certification shall provide the following information for each variety of cigarette listed:
The certification of a cigarette variety is valid for three years from the effective date of the legislation effective date or three years from initial submittal after the date of receipt and payment of the certification fee for each brand style to be sold in Alaska. Payment is to be made to the State of Alaska and sent to the State Fire Marshal with the certification application and testing data.
If a manufacturer certifies a cigarette variety and later makes any change that is likely to alter the cigarette varietys compliance with the fire safety performance standard, before distributing the changed cigarette variety in Alaska, the manufacturer shall retest the ignition propensity of the variety.
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