Oregon's Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program

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Anita Phillips of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, discusses her state's experience with the Fire-Standard Compliant Cigarette program. The sale of only "fire-safe cigarettes" were required in Oregon as of July 1, 2007.

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Oregon's Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program

  1. 1. Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Program Oregon State Fire Marshal
  2. 2. Legislative History <ul><li>2005 – Bill passed in Senate, but not in House </li></ul><ul><li>April 17, 2007 – Bill became law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certifications made to New York automatically accepted by Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No certification fees </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Implementation Dates <ul><li>July 1, 2007 – Manufacturers could no longer ship </li></ul><ul><li>December 31, 2007 – Wholesale dealers could no longer sell </li></ul><ul><li>January 1, 2008 – Retailers could no longer sell (no sell through period) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Notifications <ul><li>Oregon law requires manufacturers to provide information to wholesalers who provide information to retailers </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) provided letter to wholesalers </li></ul><ul><li>OSFM mailed reminders to retailers regarding product confiscation and civil penalties beginning April 15, 2008 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Certifications <ul><li>Approve or deny testing certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Approve or deny packaging markings </li></ul><ul><li>Computer generated approval with automatic email to DOJ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Enforcement <ul><li>Oregon law allows cooperative agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Revenue – inspections </li></ul>
  7. 7. Where we are now <ul><li>Retailers still have non-compliant product nearly two years later </li></ul><ul><li>Seizure of 9,099 packs and counting </li></ul><ul><li>Civil penalties to retailers - $27,500 to date </li></ul><ul><li>Destruction of seized product – 7,611 packs </li></ul>
  8. 8. What We Need to Do <ul><li>Re-certify brands in April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Continue partnering with DOR & DOJ </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to educate – eliminate false sense of security </li></ul><ul><li>Collect statistical data to gauge effectiveness and show need for educational efforts </li></ul>

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