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Fire Standard Compliant Cigarettes (FSC)

A Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette (FSC) is designed to self-extinguish if left unattended or if it is not actively being smoked. A FSC reduces the burning time before the cigarette is able to ignite furniture or bedding material.

The most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap cigarettes with tw

o or three thin bands of less-porous paper that act as “speed bumps” to slow down a burning cigarette. If a fire-safe cigarette is left unattended, the burning tobacco will reach one of these speed bumps and self-extinguish.  


Minnesota Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program Statute

Cigarette Fire Safety Definitions

Test Method and Performance Standards

Certification and Product Change

Penalties and Remedies



Reduced Cigarette Ignition Propensity Account

Sale Outside of Minnesota

Local Regulation


For the Minnesota Fire Service

This Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program Presentation is available for use as a public education / information tool.

In addition to the usual MFIRS report, the Minnesota fire service is asked to submit the Suspected Cigarette Caused Fires form to the State Fire Marshal Division for any fire suspected to be caused by a cigarette.

Here is the approved Cigarette Brands Report.

What Is The Law?

The Minnesota FSC cigarette law went into effect Dec. 1, 2008.

Manufacturers must provide written certification that FSC cigarettes meet all performance standards in accordance with MS 299F.851 and must pay a $250 certification fee per brand style of cigarette certified. Fees are payable to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Cigarettes submitted for certification must be described by:

  • Brand or trade name on the package

  • Style, such as light or ultra light

  • Length in millimeters

  • Circumference in millimeters

  • Flavor, such as menthol or chocolate, if applicable

  • Filter or non-filter

  • Package description, such as soft pack or box

  • Marking approved in accordance with section MS 299F.853

  • Name, address, and telephone number of the laboratory, if different than the manufacturer that conducted the test

  • Date the testing occurred 


Application for Initial and Renewal of Certification

Online Application for Certification

Initial and renewal applications for Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette (FSC) certification are now being accepted on-line at the manufacturer's on-line Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program portal.  First time users will need to create an account to access this portal. Following the instructions for "New User". An email authorizing access will be generated, usually within 24 hours, following new user approval.

Testing and Package Marking​

Fire standard compliant testing must have occurred within three years of the initial certification submission date. Certifications are valid for three years from the date the certification was submitted. Manufacturers must re-certify each brand style of cigarette, and pay a $250 certification fee, every three years.

Manufacturers must provide the State Fire Marshal with a copy of the proposed package marking for FSC cigarettes. Once the proposed marking is approved, the manufacturer must provide wholesalers and distributors with a copy of the package marking.

Manufacturers must retain copies of the reports of all tests conducted on all cigarettes offered for sale for the previous three years and make copies available upon request from the State Fire Marshal, Commissioner of Revenue or the Attorney General.


General Information

Wholesalers and distributors

Wholesalers and distributors have been required since Dec. 1, 2008, to ship fire-standard compliant cigarettes to all Minnesota retailers. 

The law states that wholesalers and distributors may house non-compliant cigarettes that are or will be stamped for sale in another state or are packaged for sale outside the United States if reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that non-compliant cigarettes will not be sold in Minnesota.

Wholesalers and distributors must provide, to each of the retailers to which the wholesale dealer or distributor sells cigarettes, a copy of the fire standard compliant package marking that they received from the manufacturer.

Wholesalers and distributors must allow representatives of the State Fire Marshal Division, the Commissioner of Revenue, and the Attorney General to inspect the records and stocks of cigarettes sold by wholesalers and distributors.


Since Dec. 1, 2008, all cigarettes sold in Minnesota must be certified fire standard compliant. 

Retailers must allow representatives of the State Fire Marshal Division, Commissioner of Revenue, and the Attorney General to inspect the records and stocks of cigarettes sold in their establishment.
FSC cigarette packs, cartons and cases must be identified with a printed, stamped, engraved, or embossed "FSC" marking at or around the area of the UPC code to indicate compliance with the FSC law.
Herbal cigarettes do not need to be certified unless the cigarette contains any quantity of tobacco.


The cigarettes you purchase are FSC compliant if the package or carton displays the letters "FSC" located at or around the area of the UPC code on each cigarette package or carton.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health study, there is no evidence that FSC cigarettes are any more toxic than their conventional counterparts.

There may be a reduced availability of a small number of older brands and brand styles due to the FSC cigarette regulations.

The establishment of Minnesota's FSC program is not an anti-smoking campaign.  The State Fire Marshal Division's primary concern is fire safety and preventing deaths, injury and property loss due to cigarette ignited fires.


Safe Smoking Practices

WHEREVER YOU SMOKE, USE DEEP, STURDY ASHTRAYS – Ashtrays should be set on something sturdy and hard to ignite, like a table. Never put ashtrays on a sofa or chair

MAKE SURE CIGARETTE AND ASHES ARE OUT — Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.  Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in a trash can.

CHECK FOR BUTTS — If people are smoking in the home, check for cigarette butts under cushions.  Chairs and sofas can ignite and burn fast.

NEVER SMOKE IN A HOME WHERE OXYGEN IS USED — Never smoke while using oxygen or anywhere near an oxygen source, even if it is turned off.

KEEP YOUR BUTTS IN YOUR CAR — Tossing a cigarette out a car window can cause wild land fires that can put people, homes and animals in danger.  Use personal ashtrays or car ashtrays when driving.