Reduced cigarette ignition propensity; prohibits manufacture, etc. thereof unless meets standards. (HB228)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fire-safe cigarettes; civil penalties. Prohibits the manufacture, sale, or offer for sale of cigarettes unless the cigarettes have been tested to determine that they meet a performance standard for fire safety. The test predicts the likelihood that a cigarette will ignite material with which it comes in contact. Cigarette manufacturers are required to file a certification with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services that their cigarettes meet the mandated performance standard as measured by the prescribed test. Cigarette packages are required to be marked so that compliant cigarettes may be distinguished from those not certified as compliant. The specific mark is determined by the manufacturer, subject to Commissioner approval. This measure provides that cigarettes compliant with similar New York regulations will be compliant with these requirements and that manufacturers may use the same package markings they use in that state. Manufacturers are assessed a fee of $250 per brand, the proceeds from which are divided between the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the State Fire Marshal. Violators are subject to civil penalties. The measure will become effective 13 months after its enactment, and will expire on the effective date of any federal reduced cigarette ignition propensity standard that preempts the measure. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080045472
12/28/2007Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/29/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB228)
01/30/2008Committee substitute printed 080157472-H1
01/31/2008Read first time
02/01/2008Read second time
02/01/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080157472-H1
02/01/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB228H1
02/04/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Communicated to Senate
02/05/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/20/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Read third time
02/21/2008Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB228ER)
02/25/2008Signed by Speaker
02/26/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB228ER)
02/26/2008Signed by President
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 281 (effective - see bill)
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 348 (effective - see bill)
03/11/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0348)