NFPA Journal: Roll-your-own cigarette establishments presenting new challenges to the fire service

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Mar 16, 2012

UDPATE: The Associated Press recently reported that New York state and New York City have joined forces to address the growing number of roll-your-own cigarette establishments. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said these stores endanger customers by selling cigarettes not complying with fire safety standards. 


Roll your own cigarette shop
The owner of a roll-your-own cigarette shop in Seattle cleans one of his rolling machines. Photo by Newscom.

"Mission accomplished."

Those were the words proclaimed in 2010 by fire  officials nationwide when Wyoming became the final state to pass  legislation ensuring all cigarettes sold in the U. S. would adhere to  specific fire safety standards.

Those same officials now face another battle to  ensure that the fire-safety intent of the law is not eroded:  roll-your-own establishments that let customers make their own  cigarettes, which do not use the fire safety standards required for all  manufactured cigarettes sold in the U.S.

A story in the latest edition of NFPA Journal examines this issue throughout the U.S., where some states are citing a disregard of the statewide fire-safe  cigarette laws that were prompted by the efforts of NFPA’s Fire-Safe  Cigarette Coalition.

“NFPA feels strongly that stores with roll-your-own  machines fall under fire-safe cigarette laws that define manufacturers  as ‘any entity that manufactures or otherwise produces cigarettes or  causes cigarettes to be manufactured,’ and states should be enforcing  this provision,” Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Communications tells NFPA Journal. “Without enforcement, you are allowing two  fire safety standards — one for those that pay the price of traditional  cigarettes, and one for those that pay for less expensive roll-your-own cigarettes."

Other short stories included in the latest edition include residential sprinkler news from across the country--including new Faces of Fire profiles and videos--and new studies on firefighter health and U.S. emergency preparedness. Read them today.

-Fred Durso, Jr.