New ‘Standard Cigarette’ For Fire-Resistance Testing

October 15th, 2010

An unusual new industrial testing product from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a cigarette designed to burn stronger than others, will be used by manufacturers of home furnishings to test the fire resistance of their products. In 1970 NIST started studying the fire starting properties of then available tobacco products.

Cigarettes used then for ignition resistance testing reflected the hottest burning brand produced at that time. The newly developed cigarettes replace the commercial cigarettes that had been used for 30 years for home furnishings testing but are no longer in production.

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