U.S.A. Fire-Safe Cigarettes for All 50 States - NOW..

January 25, 2009 - Philip Morris USA is preventing all 50 States from having fire-safe cigarettes for consumption. According to the
U.S. Fire Administration
, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers die annually in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking products. Going to fire-safe cigarettes will save lives and prevent injuries and devastation from cigarette-ignited fires. Everyday people continue to die from fires caused by tobacco smoking.

By the end of 2009, 14 states will join the 18 that already require vendors to purchase and sell only the fire-safe cigarettes - that will make 32. Why do we have to wait for each state to go through the long drawn out process of passing legislation and then waiting many months for the law to be enacted. We only have to convince one corporate giant - the biggest cigarette maker in the U.S.A. - Philip Morris USA, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc. , the parent of Philip Morris has tried hard to convince people they are credible and are a good corporate citizen. But lately certain corporate decisions have been questioned such as in October 2008, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Philip Morris marketed Virginia Slims with a slender "purse pack" in the same color of soft pink associated with the cancer campaign. Here's a chance for Altria Group to redeem themselves and re-establish their good citizenship.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco has stated that it will start making all of its cigarettes fire-safe by the end of 2009. Reynolds makes up around 30% - one out if every three cigarettes of the domestic cigarette market. (NFPA applauds Reynolds American Inc. announcement of product-wide switch to “fire-safe” cigarettes Urges other tobacco companies to follow, National Fire Protection Assoc. 10/25/2007)
Liggett Group (with around two percent of the domestic market), announced on March 25, 2008 that it will convert all of its domestic (US) cigarette production standards to meet all state fire safety standards by January 2009.
Now if Philip Morris, with over 50% of the domestic cigarette market would agree to start making all of its cigarettes fire-safe all other cigarette makers like Lorillard (with around 10 percent of the cigarette market) would join in.

Just think: then every state in the union would only sell fire-safe cigarettes.

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