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Old 03-14-2009, 07:57 PM
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Thumbs up What are FSC Cigarettes?

The question is what are FSC Cigarettes and why are they on my cigarettes?

Most people think that FSC stands for Fire Safe Cigarettes. When in fact there is no such thing as a fire safe cigarette. The true meaning of FSC means Fire Standard Compliant.

It all started with the state of New York complaining that many people were dying in house fires due to cigarette smokers. The story is that the state of New York contacted NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and then the NFPA contacted one of the largest cigarette manufactures Philip Morris Inc (the maker of Marlboro’s) and asked if they could make something that would cause fewer fires when smoking a cigarette. So the FSC cigarette was created and the first ones sold in the state of New York.

Philip Morris Inc decided to help the NFPA contact the rest of the states and invite them to do the same thing claiming these FSC could save more lives. Some claim that Philip Morris Inc is trying to monopolize the cigarette industry.

Now about 18 states have the fsc cigarette laws in effect being New York the leader of the states in 2004. Most of the other states will follow by the end of 2009 and the first month of year 2010. There are a handful of states that have not even filed in legislation yet on the matter of fsc cigarettes.

How do they make FSC Cigarettes?
The simplistic answer to that question is this. The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, organized by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is calling for manufacturers to produce and market only cigarettes that adhere to an established fire safety performance standard, and is working to see that this standard is required in every state in the country.
A FSC cigarette has a reduced propensity to burn when left unattended. The most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette manufacturers is to wrap cigarettes with two or three thin bands of less-porous paper that act as “speed bumps” to slow down a burning cigarette. If a FSC cigarette is left unattended, the burning tobacco will reach one of these speed bumps and self-extinguish. There is no evidence that reduced ignition propensity cigarettes are any more harmful to health but there is no testing that can prove they are not more harmful to your health.
Many smokers have found that FSC cigarettes taste terrible, make them cough, give them headaches and some refuse to smoke them. Other smokers claim there is no difference and cause them no ill effects.
Can we stop FSC Cigarettes?
There are many people and originations trying to stop the FSC cigarettes. One really good web site is the Repeal FSC Cigarette Law found at [url]www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-fire-safe-cigarette-laws[/url]
People that do not like the new FSC cigarettes are encouraged to sign their petition to congress asking to get rid of FSC cigarettes for good.
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