Safer Smokes

Cigarettes sold in Minnesota now are less likely to start fires.

A new law requires cigarettes to be safer.

“There is no single issue that will have a greater impact on reducing the occurrence of fires and more importantly, fire deaths, than this legislation,” said Nyle Zikmund of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. “In fact, this legislation ranks second only to smoke detector legislation, which was passed in the early 1970’s, in terms of making an impact.”

The law just now is taking effect, after it first came up in 1981. Unattended cigarettes are blamed for 25 percent of all fire deaths.

“Requiring all cigarettes sold in Minnesota to be ‘fire-safe’ will prevent deadly fires and save lives,” said Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights.