Fire-safe cigarettes are a proven, effective way to help reduce the risk of fires started by cigarettes. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in the U.S. and kills between 700-900 people a year. The use of cigarettes that have a reduced tendency to burn when left unattended can help prevent tens of thousands of fires each year.

According to the Fire-Safe Cigarette Coalition, the most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap cigarettes with two or three thin bands of less-porous paper that act as “speed bumps” to slow down a burning cigarette. If a fire-safe cigarette is left unattended, the burning tobacco will reach one of these speed bumps and self-extinguish.

Fire-safe cigarettes meet an established cigarette fire safety performance standard, based on ASTM 2187, “Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes”.

As of 2011, one hundred percent of the U.S. population will now be better protected from cigarette fires thanks to state passage of fire-safe cigarette legislation. Here in West Virginia, we are consistently at higher risk for fires and fire death and we have one of the largest populations of smokers in the nation. This means it’s more important than ever to pursue life-saving legislation such as mandatory sales of reduced-ignition propensity cigarettes.

To learn more about fire-safe cigarettes, visit the Fire Safe Cigarette Coalition’s website at www.firesafecigarettes.org.

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