Passed every five years or so, the U.S. Farm Bill governs the country's food supply. The House version of the latest bill is worrying fire safety advocates, since it includes language forbidding state or local governments from imposing a "standard or condition on the production or manufacturer of any agricultural product [produced in another state and] sold ... in interstate commerce."
What this means for cigarettes--an agricultural product, since it contains tobacco--is that if one state repeals or loosens its fire-safe cigarette laws, these cigarettes could be legally sold elsewhere. Gregory Cade, NFPA's division director of Government Affairs, outlines this potential dilemma in the new issue of NFPA Journal. He also highlights NFPA's role with the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, which aided the passage of fire-safe cigarette regulations in all 50 states.
"NFPA has joined other fire safety organizations to express our concern ... that this bill may negatively impact fire safety," says Cade. Read the rest in the November/December issue of Journal.