Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires the sale of only “fire-safe” Cigarettes in Oregon.
House Bill 2163 requires tobacco companies and retailers to market and sell Cigarettes designed to self-extinguish when left unattended. The bill is designed to minimize fires caused when people fall asleep while smoking or abandon a burning cigarette on a roadside, among other circumstances.
New York, the first state to require the specially designed Cigarettes, has seen a Reduction in fire-related damages.
“Today we are taking a major step to increase the safety of all Oregonians from accidental fires due to unattended Cigarettes,” Kulongoski said at a bill-signing ceremony.
RetiRed Salem firefighter Tom Whelan, who also is a former lawmaker, is One of several people who lobbied to pass the bill.
Oregon becomes the seventh state in the nation to enact fire-safe cigarette legislation.