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Enjoy the Rich, Smooth Flavor of a US Government Cigarette

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You won't find them next to the Marlboros at your corner store, but government smokes serve a very important function.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, explains "Standard Reference Material 1196":

SRM 1196 is intended for use by test laboratories to test mattresses, upholstered furniture and its components, and thermal insulation for resistance to cigarette ignition in accordance with 16 CFR 1632, 16 CFR 1634 (proposed) and 16 CFR 1209. 

The cigarettes were "developed by NIST in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to replace the commercial cigarettes that had been used for 30 years of home furnishings testing but are no longer in production."

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