People Have Mixed Emotions About New Cigarettes

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Bardstown resident Debbie Coulter says she supports the right to smoke at her restaurant, but the 52-year-old shudders when she recalls a recent incident in which she fell asleep smoking and her nightgown caught fire.

Investigators say a lit cigarette, dropped in a chair, led to a fire in the Nelson County city that claimed ten lives.

That fire has sparked calls from fire prevention advocates to require all cigarettes sold in the state to be "fire safe," or made to extinguish when dropped or not inhaled for a period.

Lorraine Carli of the National Fire Protection Association says action should be taken quickly to make sure there aren't more of those kinds of tragedies in the future. She's supporting measures in the state House of Representatives and Senate. Her group says lawmakers in at least 19 other states are considering similar legislation.

The state Senate passed a measure this week that would require the conversion to fire-safe cigarettes and a similar one has cleared a state House of Representatives committee.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

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  • by anna Location: lewis on Apr 15, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    i do not like them they are much harder my lungs you either have to smoke them faster or hit a dead burnt cigarette i know smoking a cig that has been put out does more harm plus any chemicals put into your lungs are harmful i used to make a special trip to Kentucky to get my cigs but the last two months was enough for me now i will save the gas and spend more money to have a true cig with no additives i have been smoking for over 30 years and have done enough damage thanks for the help but no thanks please go back to the way they were


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