Mississippi Considers ‘Fire-Safe’ Cigarettes Law

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.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2249.