Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes

Fires started by smokers' materials are the leading known cause of fire-related death in Canada. To address this issue, Health Canada requires all cigarettes manufactured or imported for sale in Canada to have a reduced likelihood of igniting upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding.

Laboratory Analysis of Cigarette for Ignition Propensity

Since October 2005, Health Canada has been monitoring compliance with the Cigarette Ignition Propensity Regulations by sampling and testing products from Manufacturers/Importers to determine if their cigarettes comply with the standard outlined in the Regulations. The results of the laboratory analyses conducted on samples collected to date by Health Canada are updated as warranted.


The Cigarette Ignition Propensity (Consumer Products) Regulations (SOR/2016-103) came into effect on November 17, 2016. These regulations were adopted under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and are administered by the Tobacco Control Directorate. The regulations require all cigarettes manufactured in or imported for sale into Canada on or after October 1, 2005 to meet an ignition propensity standard.

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