FOI Request - Cigarette Standards

Request 101000154608

Following the introduction of the European Standard (EN ISO 12863:2010 Standard Test Method for Assessing the Ignition Propensity of Cigarettes) and the publication of the British Standard to implement EN ISO 12863, BS EN 16156 (Cigarettes - Assessment of the ignition propensity - safety requirement) from November 17 2011 tobacco manufacturers had to manufacture Reduced Ignition Propensity (RIP) cigarettes in the UK and across the EU.

I would like to know:

(1) Has Moray Council started checking for the sale of cigarettes which do not comply with the new BS standard?

(2) If not, then when does Moray Council intend to start checks?

(3) If yes, then how many tests have been carried out and how many packets of non-compliant cigarettes have been discovered?

(4) How are the tests carried out? (Is it possible to tell from looking at the packets, or is it necessary to examine a cigarette or even to open up a cigarette to check?

Response 28-05-2013

(1) No specific work has been undertaken by the council on RIP cigarettes. The greatest risk of non-compliance is considered to be associated with the supply of counterfeit/ illicit cigarettes. This is a priority for Moray Council Trading Standards and the service actively investigates illicit sales.

(2) No proactive activity is currently planned other than associated with the supply of counterfeit / illicit products.  Future activity would be taken if relevant intelligence comes to light, either information of a general issue, or specific intelligence about a particular trader or trading practice.

I understand that Highland Council have advised you of Suffolk Trading Standards acting as single point of contact (SPoC) for border controls of non-food consumer products and associated intelligence analysis.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Checking for counterfeit packs may give rise to suspicion that cigarettes are not RIP compliant. However; I am not familiar with any way in which the RIP compliance can be positively determined other than by testing the cigarettes in accordance with the standard.

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