Apr 17,2007 00:00
--Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, only cigarettes that self-extinguish can be sold in Oregon--
Salem – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski, joined by legislators, Oregon State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr and members of the Oregon fire service, signed into law legislation (HB 2163) requiring all cigarettes sold in Oregon to be self-extinguishing to prevent accidental fires.
From 1999 through 2005, cigarettes caused 8,824 fires in Oregon resulting in 37 deaths, 185 injuries and more than $32 million in direct property loss.
"The legislature deserves credit for passing this legislation," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr. "The Oregon fire service has been working on this issue for more than 30 years and now we have a law that will significantly reduce the likelihood of fire deaths, injuries, and property loss from unintentional fires caused by cigarettes."
Under the legislation, starting January 1, 2008, only fire-safer cigarettes will be legal for sale in Oregon. The fire-safer cigarette technology uses specially designed paper with ‘speed bumps' to act as small fire breaks restricting the burning of tobacco. When not puffed on, the burning tobacco will reach one of these speed bumps and self-extinguish.
Oregon now joins eight other states (California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Utah, and Vermont) and Canada in passing a fire-safer cigarette law.
For more information on fire-safer cigarettes, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Oregon_Fire_Safety_COA.shtml