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Ignition propensity is the ability of a heat source to ignite a substrate. Ignition propensity depends on a number of factors which include the characteristics of the substrate, the heat source, and the zone of contact between the heat source and the substrate.
Health Canada is responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health, and we have taken a number of steps in the past to prevent fires started by burning cigarettes. Some of these initiatives have been:
Despite these efforts, fires started by smokers' materials continue to exact a significant toll on Canadian society -- approximately 70 deaths and 300 injuries every year according to a study done by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
The Regulations state that all cigarettes manufactured in or imported into Canada must burn their full length no more than 25% of the time when tested using ASTM International method E2187-04: Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes.
On October 1, 2005.
You can obtain a copy of ASTM's E2187-04: Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes (the filter paper method) by contacting:
100 Barr Harbor Drive
West Conshohocken, PA
Phone: (610) 832-9585
Fax: (610) 832-9555
Web site: www.astm.org
Yes, cigarettes manufactured for export must also comply with the Regulations.
No, the Regulations only apply to manufactured cigarettes. They do not apply to hand-rolled tobacco, tobacco sticks, cigars, bidis or kreteks.
For more information on the requirements of the Cigarette Ignition Propensity Regulations, contact us through one of our regional Tobacco Control Programme Offices: