Self-snuffing smokes may be law by '09

SELF-EXTINGUISHING Cigarettes could be mandatory from next year after a meeting of emergency services ministers in Canberra today.

SELF-EXTINGUISHING Cigarettes could be mandatory from next year after a meeting of emergency services ministers in Canberra today. A final decision will be up to Treasurer Wayne Swan but federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said a commitment was reached at the meeting. "We have committed to implementing a national standard for the introduction of Reduced fire-risk Cigarettes," he said. "We're making recommendations to the treasurer," Mr McClelland said. "The reality is that while there is commitment from all governments to implement it, there will be some consultation with industry. "The timetable we have asked treasury to work towards is early 2009." Mr Swan will have the final call because making the change mandatory would require an amendment to the Trade Practices Act. NSW Emergency Services Minister Nathan Rees, who initiated the debate, said 67 people died last year from fires started by Cigarettes. "This issue has been around since 2005," Mr Rees said. "In NSW, we have up to 20 deaths each year directly attributable to Cigarettes that can't extinguish themselves and that's in addition to property damage which in some cases is up to $80 million a year." A spokesman for the Australian arm of British American Tobacco said the company was broadly supportive of the aim. "British American Tobacco supports the goal of Reducing the incidents of fires caused by the careless disposal of lit Cigarettes," spokesman Bede Fennell told AAP. "We have been an active participant in the consultation process with the ACCC and Standards Australia and are grateful of the opportunity to ensure the practicalities of such a change and all unintended consequences are ironed out." Mr Fennell warned smokers not to treat the new Cigarettes as "safe". "It is important, however, that smokers are aware that Cigarettes produced to meet the proposed Reduced-fire risk standard are not fire safe and all lit Cigarettes should be carefully disposed of."

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