The State Fire Marshal’s Office oversees the Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette (FSCC) program in Texas.
The Texas Administrative Code contains the rules for fire standard-compliant cigarettes.
- In order to sell cigarettes in Texas, you must obtain approval of your marking illustration and certify that the cigarettes meet the FSCC requirements.
- Submit form SF251 Application for Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette Marking Approval, with an example of the mark to the State Fire Marshal's Office.
- Have each variety of cigarette tested at a laboratory meeting ISO/IEP 17025 accreditation.
- After the cigarettes have been tested, you may certify the cigarette as fire-standard compliant and submit form SF250 Certification by Manufacturer to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
- A certification fee of $250 per variety of cigarette must accompany the form.
- This form can only be submitted by mail to:
State Fire Marshal’s Office
P.O. Box 12107
Austin, TX 78711-2107
- You must re-certify each variety of cigarette every three years.
- Certifications are valid for three years from the date the certification was received by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
All cigarettes sold in Texas must be certified fire-standard compliant in accordance with Chapter 796 of the Health and Safety Code. Distributors, wholesalers and retailers are responsible for ensuring that all cigarettes they receive and offer for sale are fire-standard compliant.
If you observe a retailer, wholesaler, distributor, or manufacturer offering non-FSC cigarettes or uncertified cigarettes, please submit a complaint form.