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USA Fire Safer Cigs Update

March, 2009
Fire Safe Cigarettes – Or – Smokers as Lab Experiments
We’re not convinced that Fire Safe Cigarettes are a) fire safe and b) safe for human consumption.
Watch the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mTXZVCOM0Y

Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette Laws
Target:Governor Ed Rendell
Sponsored by: Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes
A Petition to Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette Law
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-fire-safe-cigarette-laws

Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes
http://cafsc.blogspot.com/


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Fire-safe cigarettes: smokers as lab experiments
6th March 2009

We all know – by God! – that the job of “public health” is to “protect” the health of the citizens, whether that health is really in danger or not. Ok, now let’s talk about reality. This video is recommended viewing.

One of the many prongs of the international antismoking fraud’s arguments?is that cigarettes are a fire hazard. Indeed, if not used prudently, they may be – but so is hot oil in a forgotten fry pan when it reaches the flash point. If “public health” were to be consistent with the rhetoric it vomits every day, it should rush to regulate that too – better yet, impose some sort of fire-safe oil. Don’t smile, they will do that too as soon as they get around to it, since their power seems to be unlimited and unchecked.

Back to the smokes. Since there is a slim possibility of fire – and in keeping with the zero tolerance/risk/intelligence religion – it seems “logical” that the pyrophobes of public health should demand that even cigarettes?be fire-safe.

How is a cigarette made “fire-safe”? The answer is simple: by altering its chemical composition with the use of additives. Let us remember that the antismoking fanatics attack the tobacco industry on the basis of? mysterious “additives” that are not really mysterious because?any lab can find out, and they are not really harmful either – unless you believe that cocoa or similar substances are harmful. Strangely enough, however, the antismoking activists and their? “public health” friends are totally silent on fire-safe cigarettes, which are loaded with unnecessary toxins to make them… fire-safe? How fire-safe can?a cigarette be if it has a hot tip that could fall on the floor?

Now, please let’s go back to the postulation that the job of public health is to protect the health of?citizens. Let’s see how ridiculous?that postulation?really is, especially when it comes to smokers.

Where are the concerns about additives in the case of “fire-safe” cigarettes? How come the public health “authorities” are silent on this? Where are the antismoking groups that claim to “worry” about the “health” of their victims while?really worrying only about their grants?

This video explains how cigarettes are made “fire-safe”. It was made by?a roll-your-own cigarette?company called Custom Blends, and?our adversaries will dismissively?claim that this constitutes a special interest that renders their points unworthy of consideration. We think the points should be?considered on their merits and be the start of further investigations.?

Certainly, it would be nice if the “authorities” would come forward and say that what they have imposed by law?– namely the “fire-safe cigs” –?harms health. But that never happen for obvious reasons.

For now, defend yourself: DO NOT BUY fire-safe cigarettes. If they are the only “choice” available, buy roll-your-own or contraband instead. Watch this video to learn why.?Remember: those who have mandated “fire-safe” cigarettes are the same breed that?held back the safe cigarette for 30 years to push?the prohibition/smoking cessation pharmaceutical agenda. Those people?have no credibility and?deserve no respect.


Smokers Complain About Taste of ‘Fire-Safe’ Cigarettes
February 18, 2009
An increasing number of states have required that tobacco companies sell only fast-extinguishing cigarettes, but some smokers complain that the ‘fire-safe’ smokes don’t taste good,
MSNBC reported Jan. 27.
The ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes include bands of thick paper that resist burning if left unattended for more than five minutes. Research from New York — the first state to mandate the sale of ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes — has found that only 10 percent of such cigarettes burn down to the filter if left unattended, compared to 99.8 percent of regular cigarettes.
Within the last six years, 37 states and the District of Columbia have mandated sales of ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes, and five other states are considering similar laws.
“I do understand why they did it, as a safety precaution,” said smoker Katie West. However, she added, “The cigarettes don?t taste near as good as they used to.”
Some smokers claim the ‘fire-safe’ cigarettes leave a coppery taste in their mouths, and also complain about having to relight the cigarettes. “If you’re not smoking on it regularly, like 30 to 35 seconds, it goes out pretty quick,” said Ron Calkins of Erie, Pa. “You have to light them every once in a while.”
Some smokers have crossed state borders to buy the old style of cigarettes, but tobacco companies say they can’t afford to keep making both kinds, and predict that all cigarettes sold in the U.S. will be of the ‘fire-safe’ variety by 2010.


Fire-Safe Cigarettes
Smokers burned up over ‘fire-safe cigarettes’
Self-extinguishing smokes sweep the country, but many say they taste bad
By Alex Johnson, Reporter
Jan. 27, 2009
Josh Hubbard examined a cigarette from the pack he had just bought. They were different.
“It’s got little rings around it in a couple of spots,” he said, standing in the parking lot of Butch’s Corner Food Market in Williamsburg, Ky.
Those rings are thick bands of low-permeability paper, and they are rapidly appearing on cigarettes across the country. The idea is that if you set down your smoke — or fall asleep in bed with it still lighted — the cigarette will extinguish itself when the flame reaches one of the rings.
In effect, the rings act as speed bumps. To keep a cigarette lighted, you have to keep puffing. When you stop, it goes out by itself in about 5 minutes.
Fire officials and public health watchdogs say the self-extinguishing cigarettes are a good idea — so good that in the last six years, 37 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws requiring that they be sold; in five other states, such laws are under consideration or await the governor’s signature.
There are no reliable statistical data demonstrating that fire-safe cigarette laws actually reduce fires. The National Fire Injury Reporting System relies on local fire departments to determine the cause of fires and to report the data.?
A dearth of hard data
And injuries and deaths due to fires began declining for several years before such laws came on the scene, making researchers reluctant to declare any cause-and-effect relationship.
But fire investigators and public safety officials point to research conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health, which found that only 10 percent of cigarettes sold in New York, the first state to enact a safer cigarette law, burned down to the filter if left unattended, compared to 99.8 percent of cigarettes without the bands.
Common sense dictates that cigarette are less likely to cause fires if they snuff themselves out, advocates say, meaning fewer deaths, injuries and property loss. John R. Hall, director of fire analysis and research for the National Fire Protection Association, projects that if fire-safe cigarettes were available in all 50 states, about 1,000 lives would be saved each year nationwide.
“We’re not trying to tell someone they can’t smoke. That’s not what we’re doing,” said Laura Mason, the deputy fire marshal of Tyler, Texas, who supports the state’s law mandating fire-safe cigarettes. “What we want to do is not have to go and explain to family members and friends why these people died in a fire from something we found a way to make safer.”
New smokes ‘taste like crap’
Side by side with a traditional cigarette, you can’t tell much difference. But on the box, the letters FSC above the bar code denote Fire Safe Cigarettes; in some states, it’s RFP for Reduced Fire Propensity.
“I do understand why they did it, as a safety precaution,” said Katie West, another customer at Butch’s, who said the new cigarettes were a good idea. But there’s one big problem, she said: “The cigarettes don’t taste near as good as they used to.”
And that’s the rub. Asked to rate the new cigarettes, many smokers said they left an unpleasant coppery taste in the mouth.
“It’s nasty,” said Jewell Robertson of Paducah, Ky. Or as Hubbard put it, they “taste like crap.”
And for many smokers, the? feature that fire officials like is a pain in the neck.
“They constantly go out, and I have to relight them all the time,” said Kathy McDaniel of Midland, Texas.
“If you’re not smoking on it regularly, like 30 to 35 seconds, it goes out pretty quick,” said Ron Calkins of Erie, Pa. “You have to light them every once in a while.”
Victor Freeman, the owner of Butch’s, said his customers were annoyed with having to continually relight their cigarettes, but he’s found a way to capitalize.
“We’ll sell more lighters,” he said.
Options going up in smoke
New York kicked off the movement 4? years ago, when it became the first state to require tobacco companies to make the self-extinguishing cigarettes. As the laws have spread across the land, many smokers have driven to neighboring states to get their smokes. That’s what happened in Kentucky after its law went into effect in April 2008.
Freeman said customers regularly ask him whether he has any leftover traditional cigarettes. When they learn that he doesn’t, some make the 12-mile drive to Jellico in neighboring Tennessee — where safe cigarettes won’t be mandated until next Jan. 1 — even though cigarettes are more expensive in Tennessee, which collects 62 cents a pack in taxes.
The drive to Jellico takes only a few minutes and the difference in price is small, “so they don’t care,” said Dave Fox, a cashier at an Exxon station in Jellico.
That may not be an option for long, though, whether or not the 13 states without fire-safe cigarettes laws fall into line: With the tide firmly against them, the tobacco companies, which initially opposed the laws, now say it is too much trouble to make different cigarettes for different states. As a result, they predicted that by Jan. 1, 2010, all cigarettes sold in stores in the United States will be self-extinguishing.
Internet picks up the torch
Which is why some smokers give special thanks for the Internet.
They are turning to online sites like FSCCigarettes.com, which complains: “It’s kind of BS that we the smokers have to put up with more unnecessary and probably unhealthy additive being added to our smokes (That we pay good money for by the way) just because some junkies can’t properly extinguish there [sic] cigarettes.”
And they are venting on online forums like one run by the Smokers Club, which argues that “there is no end to the fictions nicotine ninnies will create to justify their venomous hatred of smokers.”
One poster on the site wrote that if you believe fire-safe cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, “you might want to have your doctor check to see if you still have a brain.”
And they are doing business with companies like C.C. Enterprises, a North Carolina retailer that operates Web sites like Carolina Cartons and Cartons 4 Free, which advertise that “most of our cigarettes DO NOT use Fire Safe Paper.”
Shipments come in plain brown packages “with no references to cigarettes on the box at all,” they promise.
Meanwhile, a group calling itself Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes said it had collected more than 1,600 signatures on an online petition seeking to repeal fire-safe cigarette laws. Last week, the organization put out a call on its blog for “crucial support from a Scientist with a PH.D. and/or a medical doctor who is willing to come forward and offer their support.”
In a posting on the group’s online forum, a Texas woman wrote that “the new chemicals are making me very ill, and quitting is harder than I ever imagined.”
“It’s time for the government to take responsibility for the bad decisions they have made,” she added. “They used smokers as guinea pigs, and now they expect us to roll over and drop dead.”

New laws in 5 states call for fire-safe cigarettes

January 1, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Laws mandating stores only sell cigarettes that are slow-burning and fire-safe went into effect in five states on New Year’s Day.

Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas on Thursday joined 17 other states in mandating the fire-safe cigarettes. 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. The idea is to prevent fires caused when cigarettes are left unattended.

Critics say that the fire-safe brands taste different and can extinguish a cigarette before a smoker is done smoking it.

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 law.

“There has been a rash of smoking materials deaths,” Oklahoma Fire Marshal Robert Doke said Monday. “A cigarette will fall into overstuffed furniture or mattresses when people fall asleep, or it rolls off an ashtray and on to the carpet, then the possibility for ignition happens.

“This cigarette is supposed to snuff out before it can cause enough heat to start a flame.”

Julie Alexander, manager of a Tobacco Outlet Plus store in Des Moines, Iowa, said 95 percent of her store’s stock is “fire-safe” cigarettes. Many brands have only been available in the new design for some time, she said.

But Alexander said customers’ response hasn’t been positive.

“Our customers say they are harder to smoke and the taste isn’t the same,” Alexander said.

According to the coalition, states that already had implemented fire-safe cigarette laws are New York, Vermont, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Utah, Alaska, Rhode Island and Minnesota, as well as the District of Columbia.

Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Louisiana, Hawaii and Wisconsin have laws that take effect this year, according to the coalition’s Web site. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina have laws that will take effect in 2010.

Some states such as Texas are giving retailers a grace period to sell off their old inventory.

Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette LawsTarget:Governor Ed RendellSponsored by: Citizens Against Fire Safe CigarettesA Petition to Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette Law

March, 2009Fire Safe Cigarettes – Or – Smokers as Lab ExperimentsWe’re not convinced that Fire Safe Cigarettes are a) fire safe and b) safe for human consumption.Watch the video:Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette LawsTarget:Governor Ed RendellSponsored by: Citizens Against Fire Safe CigarettesA Petition to Repeal Fire Safe Cigarette Law

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