FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state House committee has approved a measure that would require tobacco producers to sell only fire-safe cigarettes.
A safety advocate told members of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee this morning that Kentucky has the nation's ninth-worst fire death record.
Russ Sanders with the National Fire Protection Association says he has fought plenty of fatal fires caused by cigarettes. He used to be a Louisville firefighter.
The legislation drew no opposition in winning approval from the committee today.
The safer cigarettes are wrapped with thin bands of paper that slow down a burning cigarette. A cigarette left unattended will extinguish when the burning tobacco reaches one of the bands.
Sanders says six other states have passed similar legislation.
The legislation is House Bill 278.
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