Fire Safe – LIP Paper supplies

With more and more US States requiring fire-safe cigarettes using LIP paper + Canada and in future Australia, South Africa and the EU. Can the supply side keep up?

We think not.

Multinationals have proprietary LIP processes but Independents are depending on suppliers many of whom have no capacity to supply.


#1 Patriot on 04.01.08 at 12:25 AM

Aren’t manufacturers just moving towards LIP rather than having two production lines?

#2 Chris Crawley on 04.03.08 at 10:29 AM

Many smaller companies are considering migrating 100% to LIP. This makes manufacturing operations simpler and avoids the cost of short batch production of pack blanks and possible fines associated with non-compliance.
However this adds considerably to their costs.
In the discount market this is a huge disadvantage and probably accounts for why present uptake is slow.

One disadvantage of non-migration to LIP is when a manufacturer does decide to migrate to LIP there may not be any supplies or only high priced product available.

#3 Walter Raleigh on 04.11.08 at 12:30 AM

Chris – I assume you would think that Liggett Vector did the right move. Was this so they would have supplies?What is the actual cost per pack of cigarettes?

#4 CIG GUY on 04.16.08 at 12:24 AM

I was thinking about this but who evaluates performance.

#5 Troubadour on 04.19.08 at 12:02 AM

I was in NY this week and is really true that NY State is going to tax little cigars the same as cigarettes?
I mention this because it was implied that little cigars would therefore have to use LIP. Can anyone confirm this? Would this be a first in the country?

#6 RENEGADE on 07.21.08 at 9:48 PM

I have heard that LIP paper increases the level of toxins in a cigarette when burned. Is this true?

#7 TAZ on 07.27.08 at 1:23 PM

Fourteen states and Washington D.C. have implemented similar fire-safe
cigarette laws (new PA law) and 22 have passed such legislation, according to the
Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

#8 TAZ on 08.18.08 at 9:10 PM

Europe: “Fire-Safe” Cigarettes To Be Required By 2011
The European Commission said August 5th that by 2011 at the latest, all cigarettes sold across the EU should meet “fire-safe” standards being developed by the independent European Committee for Standardisation so they self-extinguish if they are not being smoked. In 2007, the EU’s 27 member nations approved a commission proposal requiring cigarette makers to use fire-retardant paper in all cigarettes sold in the EU to reduce the number of fires caused by lit cigarettes. Commission spokesman ton Van Lierop said the new type of cigarettes will become mandatory by 2011. He added that the “fire-safe” requirement is not expected to lead to price increases. According to data from 14 EU member nations and Norway and Iceland, cigarette-related fires account for about 11,000 fires every year (Agence France Presse 8/5).

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