Massachusetts smoking law reduces likelihood of residential fires, data reinforces results of previous NFPA study

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Feb 14, 2014

Coalition for fire safe cigarettes

According to a new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, the six-year-old Massachusetts law that requires that only “fire-safe” cigarettes be sold in the state has resulted in a 28 percent decrease in unintentional residential fires. The results support a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association back in October 2013, which showed a 30 percent drop in smoking Capture material fire deaths since the full implementation of fire-safe cigarette laws throughout the country. The studies reveal the efficiency of fire-safe cigarettes in the prevention of both smoking material fires and deaths caused by these fires.

NFPA established the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, a group of organizations who shared the goal of getting cigarette manufacturers to produce only cigarettes that adhere to an established safety performance standard. As of 2011, all 50 US state laws were in effect.

NFPA has also developed a wide range of safety information and tips to prevent smoking material fires and fatalities caused by them.