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Are Fire Safe Cigarettes really safe?

Asked by john65pennington (29187points) May 2nd, 2010

The first time this occured, i paid it no attention. the second time this occured, i almost lost control of my vehicle on the interstate. first, i detest fire safe cigarettes. i realize the supposedly safety built into them, except for one flaw. here is what happened. while driving at night on the interstate at 70 mph, my FSC cigarette burned itself out. i had just lit it. i grabbed my Bic lighter and attempted to relight it. when the flame from the flame from my Bic hit the end of my cigarette, a flame shot up about 3 to 4 inches. it temporarily blinded me and my nose will never be the same. this was dangerous. yeah, i know, you say i should stop smoking and not smoke while driving, right? since neither one of those are going to happen, what chemicals have the manufacturers now included in these cigarettes, that makes them a safety hazard to re-light and has anyone else had this same experience?

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

haha, I complain about the same thing.
Also, is it just me, or does your cherry fall out all the time? I am constantly being burned because after I relight my cigarette.. the cherry comes apart in a gazillion pieces. <- that also sucks while driving.

buster's avatar

In theory they might be safer for a junkie thats smokes and nods off all the time or safer for the land if a litterbug tosses his butt out the window into a very dry place and it extinguishes before a wildfire flares up. Your normal smoker isn’t really any safer especially considering your burnt nosehairs and blood pressure rise when you need that nicotine and the damn thing doesn’t stay lit. My buddy quit packing his cigs when they changed so they burn better or faster. I have no clue what they changed chemically but I bet it does something else other than retard fires. I bet the chemical change mostly has something to do with helping your body exchange nicotine in your lungs more efficiently so you stay hooked.

fsclawrepeal's avatar

Many people have had the same experience. Fire safe cigarettes are actually very dangerous. The laws were passed state by state using deception and misinformation. Fires have increased for smokers in New York, the first state to pass the law. They also create a driving hazard when the hot coals drop off.

And they increase the health risks for smokers. For more information, see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-brooks/fire-safe-cigarette-laws_b_519867.html

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