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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Fire Standard Compliant Cigarettes

General information

What are fire standard compliant cigarettes?

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.

About 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 ​