Kentucky to go ‘fire safe’ by next year.

April 5, 2007 - Kentucky to go ‘fire safe’ by next year. Kentucky’s Governor has signed into law a bill that will require all cigarettes sold in the state to meet reduced ignition propensity standards, according to a Citigroup report. The law is due to take effect next year. Kentucky joins California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont in mandating ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes. (Tobacco Reporter) Smoking causes an estimated 30 percent of fire deaths in the United States and 10 percent of fire deaths worldwide. 27.5% of the population of Kentucky over the age of 18 smoke tobacco - the highest in the nation (2005).