Mississippi might join three dozen other states in requiring that cigarettes extinguish themselves if left unattended.
The so-called “fire-safe cigarettes” are made with two or three bands of less-porous paper.
The Coalition for Fire Safe Cigarettes is a national group that’s pushing states to require the safety feature. The coalition says the paper bands act as “speed bumps” that will extinguish a cigarette if the smoker is not inhaling.
A bill to require this type of cigarette has passed both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, but has been held for the possibility of more debate in the House.
The bill is Senate Bill 2249.
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