Laws went into effect on New Year’s Day in Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and 14 other states allow sales of fire-safe cigarettes only. Fifteen other states have laws that will take effect this year or next, according to the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.
The paper on these ":fire-safe": cigarettes is thicker in two separate spots so they will go out if not puffed when they burn to these areas. T he idea is to prevent fires caused when cigarettes are left unattended.
About 800 Americans die each year in fires caused by careless smoking and the coalition estimates that number will be reduced if at least half the states pass the fire-safe law.