LIP stands for Lowered Ignition Propensity. This new feature of cigarettes has been developed in order to reduce accidental fires caused by a lit cigarette being dropped on all kinds of fabrics or upholstered furniture. With the heat of the cigarette being absorbed by the substrate, it remains high enough to start a fire.
Fire safety of cigarettes was made obligatory by decree inEuropeon 17 November 2011.
PDL Cigarette Papers has developed its own LIP technology called Primasafe. Since May 2010, it has been patented in more than 35 countries worldwide. Our unique patented technology is available and certified for weights around 25.5 gsm. Primasafe consists of concentric bands arranged discontinuously around the cigarette which are then able to slow down combustion and extinguish it on contact with substrates.
Our LIP paper meets Fire Safety standard ISO 12863:2010 since less than 25% of cigarettes made using our technology burn their full length.
Our R&D department has succeeded in developing a product with features that give us a real technological advantage over our competitors. While consumers have been complaining about an alteration in the taste of cigarettes since the introduction of LIP, PDL Cigarette Papers offers them a completely taste-free paper. Our feedback from consumer panels supports the fact that we are completely meeting this requirement and confirms that this property is essential on the market.
Another requirement: LIP paper must not cause discomfort to smokers by excessive extinction of the cigarette in the areas treated. We have been able to observe that our results regarding extinction in free combustion are on track and fully meet the requirements of smokers.
PDL Cigarette Papers’ LIP paper is part of a continual improvement process aimed at meeting and anticipating the needs of our customers. Thus, it will be the subject of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in 2013.