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RALEIGH, N.C. -- In a letter to the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) and North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers Association (NCPCM), the North Carolina Fire Safety Program and state Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin reminded retailers of the provisions going into effect in January 2010 under a law that adopted reduced cigarette ignition propensity standards in the state.
The law—passed during the 2007 session of the North Carolina General Assembly—requires each manufacturer mark cigarette packs to indicate compliance. A copy of the certification must be provided by manufacturers to all distributors and the retailers that sell cigarettes bought by the distributor, according to the letter. Distributors and agents hold the responsibility of providing copies of the package markings to all retail dealers.
The law does allow cigarettes in-stock prior to the Jan. 1, 2010 effective date to be sold, as long as the retailer can prove the inventory was purchased prior to the effective date, and in comparable quantity to the inventory purchased during the same period of the prior year, the letter stated.
If cigarettes are found that have not been marked in the manner required under the law, they may be seized, and other penalties may be assessed.
More information is available from Helen DiPietro, Fire Safety Programs administrator, at (919) 661-5880 x263 or e-mail at Helen.DiPietro@ncdoi.gov.
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