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UNITED STATES

Cigarettes now “fire safe” in Minnesota

27 Nov 2008. “Fire-safe” cigarettes have hit the shelves in Minnesota, complying with a new state law that goes into effect on 1 December.

The new law requires all cigarettes sold in the state to be self-extinguishing if left unattended. The most common technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap the cigarette in three thin bands of less porous paper which act as “speed bumps” and make the burning of the tobacco slow down and eventually go out.

Minnesota joins New York, Vermont, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in adopting “fire-safe” laws. (pi)