Ignition Strength of Cigarettes - Second Testing Series

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20378914
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report, NRC Institute for Research in Construction; Volume 143
Physical description12 p.
SubjectFire
AbstractThe ignition strength for a total of 54 brands of cigarettes was determined in accordance with the ASTM E2187-02b standard test method. Fifty-two (52) brands of cigarettes sold in Canada and 2 brands of Philip Morris's Merit cigarettes sold in the U.S. were tested. On the 15-layer filter paper assembly, 51 brands of the cigarettes sold in Canada produced 90 to 100% full-length burning. These cigarettes plus those 10 brands of the cigarettes tested previously (which produced 95 to 100% full-length burning) have a relatively high propensity to ignite upholstered furniture if lit and dropped on soft furnishings. These high percentages of full-length burns demonstrate the need to make cigarettes less prone to cause fires.Only 3 brands of the cigarettes tested were found to have a low ignition propensity. The More Menthol cigarettes produced 15% full-length burns on the 15-layer filter paper assembly and 27.5% full-length burns on the 3-layer filter paper assembly. The Merit Ultra Light cigarettes produced 15% full-length burns on the 15-layer filter paper assembly and 45% full-length burns on the 3-layer filter paper assembly. The Merit Ultima cigarettes produced only 5% full-length burns on the 15-layer filter paper assembly.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierRR-143
NRC number15947
NPARC number20378914
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Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-10-03
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