Lower Ignition Propensity cigarettes

A number of countries have introduced standards for Lower Ignition Propensity (LIP) cigarettes with the intention of reducing fires caused by the careless handling of cigarettes.

LIP standards have been introduced, for example, in the United States, Canada, Finland, Australia, and in the EU. Regulators in these jurisdictions consider LIP cigarettes to be less likely than regular cigarettes to continue burning when left unattended.

JTI recommends that regulators carefully review the experience from countries that have introduced LIP requirements, and evaluate whether the evidence shows a reduction in smoking related fires.

JTI urges all smokers to act responsibly:

  • There is no such thing as a “fire-safe” cigarette;
  • Careless use and disposal of any cigarette, whether an LIP cigarette or not, can cause fire;
  • Cigarettes should not be left unattended and should be disposed of with care.

Last updated on 2012-03-26