Dummies - Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes..

December 8, 2008 - As of January 1, 2009 the State of Pennsylvania will require all cigarettes sold in the state to be fire safe. The House Bill signed into law July 9, 2008 will adopt a fire safety standard for cigarettes and require that they be low-ignition strength, making them less likely to cause fires if left unattended.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoking materials, such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes, are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. Research done by the association in the mid-1980s found that fire-safe cigarettes (look for the initials "FCS" on the pack) would eliminate three out of four cigarette fire deaths. Materials, such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes, are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.

David Jaromnak of Reading, PA has launched an organization he calls Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes. David bought a pack of cigarettes that tasted stale. Then he developed a headache and felt nauseous. When he complained to a fellow about his cigarettes repeatedly going out the co-worker told him about fire-safe cigarettes. So far this fellow has drafted a petition and within 3-weeks has collected 300 signatures to get the PA law repealed.

There's not a chance the repeal of this bill has a chance. The benefits far outweigh any minor inconvenience the smoker would suffer. In fact, a fire-safe cigarette may just save David's life some day.

Just a couple days ago a 2-alarm fire in Columbia, MO at an apartment complex was ignited after a cigarette was left unattended in the attic - picture.. The State of Missouri has NOT enacted a fire-safe cigarette law so far.

Learn more: Coalition for Fire Safe Cigarettes, an arm of the National Fire Protection Association.

Reference: Some want fire-safe smokes snuffed by Nancy Eshelman , The Patriot News, 12/7/2008 and US smokers question safety of ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes, Tobacco Reporter, 12/8/2008.

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  Jason T

January 30, 2009 at 11:33 PM

I dunno how a fire-safe cig can save David's life when the lit end of his cig can fall off at any given time.

How about sharing some news about fired caused by FSCs? I heard of a NJ restaurant where a fire erupted due to a cig butt that was apparently still lit in the ashtray. And this fire happened while the restaurant was closed during late night hours!

NJ sells fire-safe cigs. So you can't use that lame excuse as you did when mentioning the Missouri fire.

That online petition you refer to have more than 2,100 signatures now.

Fire-safe cigs don't save lives. Fire-safe cigs will make more lives go up in smoke literally. Especially if a person is driving a car and the lit end of his/her cig falls off while driving.