Fire Safe Cigarette Act of 1990

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The Fire-Safe Cigarette Act of 1990 was enacted August 10, 1990 and called upon the Center for Fire Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a method for testing cigarette fire safety performance. It convened a Technical Study Group (TSG) consisting of a total of 15 members: four representatives from the Tobacco Institute and one member each from the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Furniture Manufacturers Association (UFAC), the National Cancer Institute the National Fire Protection Association, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the American Burn Association/Trauma Foundation, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Trade Commission.

The Act required that the TSG produce a report on its activities by August 10, 1993.

The TSG concluded that it was technically possible, and likely commercially feasible, to manufacture a reduced ignition-propensity cigarette.[1][2]


  1. Burn and Fire, a website representing fire suppression professionals, burn doctors and nurses, and fire prevention educators
  2. Fire Safe Cigarette Act of 1990, 1990 report/presentation, 16 pp. R.J. Reynolds Bates No.508513671/3686

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