3739.03 Laboratory ignition propensity testing.

(A) A manufacturer shall have a laboratory conduct the testing required under division (B) of this section. The laboratory that the manufacturer uses for the testing shall be accredited pursuant to the international organization for standardization and international electrotechnical commission standard 17025 of the international organization for standardization, or another comparable accreditation standard required by the state fire marshal. The laboratory shall implement a quality control and quality assurance program and shall use that program when conducting the testing required under division (B) of this section.

(B) A manufacturer shall have the laboratory described in division (A) of this section test the manufacturer's cigarettes in accordance with all of the following requirements:

(1) The laboratory shall test the cigarettes in accordance with the American society of testing and materials standard E2187-04, titled "standard test method for measuring ignition strength of cigarettes" or any subsequent standard adopted by the state fire marshal in accordance with division (E) of this section.

(2) The laboratory shall test the cigarettes on ten layers of filter paper.

(3) Not more than twenty-five per cent of the cigarettes tested in a test trial shall exhibit full-length burns.

(C) The performance standard required under division (B)(3) of this section shall apply only to a complete test trial. For purposes of this division and division (B)(3) of this section, "test trial" means forty replicate tests for each type of cigarette tested.

(D) The requirements described in division (B) of this section shall not be construed to require additional cigarette testing if a manufacturer tests cigarettes in accordance with the requirements listed in that division for any other purposes other than the purposes specified in that division.

(E) The state fire marshal may adopt any American society of testing and materials standard used to measure the ignition strength of cigarettes that takes effect after the effective date of this section if the state fire marshal determines that that subsequent standard does not result in a change in the percentage of full-length burns exhibited by any tested cigarette when compared to the percentage of full-length burns the same cigarette would exhibit when tested using the American society of testing and materials standard E2187-04 referenced in division (B)(1) of this section and the performance standard specified in division (B)(3) of this section.

Cite as R.C. § 3739.03

History. Effective Date: 2008 HB500 04-07-2009