NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE FIRE MARSHALS
A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention
For the second time in five years the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) took the lead on preserving the 50 State Fire Safe Cigarette laws during the Reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Working with the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), NASFM was successful in removing language that could undermine these important state cigarette safety laws. This federal legislative success once again underscores the strength of NASFM, through its members, working as “A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention.” The vital efforts of State Fire Marshals and their staffs was crucial in providing the data and technical expertise to educate Congress on the importance of protecting these laws.
The Fire Safe Cigarette issue arose as an unintended consequence to the original intent of Representative Steve King’s amendment, also known as the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” Despite concerns raised by NASFM, Representative King’s amendment was included in the House version of the Farm Bill. The Senate version of the Farm Bill, however, did not include the King Amendment. The House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees ultimately agreed to strike the amendment from the final bill. Their agreement passed both the Senate and House.
If enacted, this amendment could have undermined numerous state laws, and infringed on the fundamental rights of states to establish regulations within their own borders. The language would have forced states and local governments to accept products from other states that violate their state’s standards and regulations enacted on the sale Fire Safe Cigarettes. The King Amendment was intended to deal with standards on the production and manufacture of agricultural products, specifically, the housing conditions of egg producing chickens in California.
State Fire Safe Cigarette laws are, however, based on performance standards. This crucial difference prompted the concern that permeability bands placed in a cigarette’s paper, known as Lower Ignition Propensity (LIP) paper, would be considered a production and manufacturing issue. This manner of enhancing fire safety is the preferred and accepted method, meeting the performance standards set by all individual states.
Please note our new mailing address and forward all future correspondence to this address. Thank you!
National Association of State Fire Marshals
P.O. Box 948238
Maitland, FL 32794
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