Thursday, 17 November 2011

"self-extinguishing" cigarettes

from today a new EU directive will require cigarettes to meet a reduced ignition propensity (RIP) requirement. They will be manufactured to be self-extinguishable, to reduce the chance that they should set fire to sofas, beds and other combustible materials.

Most cigarettes sold in the EU will need self-extinguishing technology In England, of the 212 people that died in house fires last year, 81 were the result of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, says the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The DCLG estimates the new types of cigarettes could save up to 64 lives each year in England.

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