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NFPA Study Finds A Stunning Increase In Cigarette-Caused Fires

Quincy, MA - The number of fires caused by lighted tobacco products - almost always cigarettes - increased by a stunning 19 percent in the most recent year studied, according to research by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). But laws requiring that cigarettes be designed to stop burning when not actively smoked, such as the one that went into effect in New York state last month, could sharply reduce this destruction.Cigarettes are the leading cause of fatal fires in the United States. Smoking materials (a category that encompasses only lighted tobacco products, not matches and lighters) led to one out of four fire deaths in 1999, more than any other cause of fire.But only t...

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