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"Fire Safe" Cigarette Bill Clears First Hurdle
Fire Team
With a 9-0 unanimous vote, Tennessee's Fire Safe Cigarette legislation cleared the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 3rd.

On Tuesday, March 13th, a contingent of Tennessee fire service representatives convened at the State Capitol to show support for Senate Bill 2306, presented by Sen. Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville), which would require all cigarettes sold in the State of Tennessee to meet "fire safe" standards. 

From 2001 through 2005, fires started by smoking materials resulted in 800 fires (673 of which were residential), over $13 million in damages, and 36 deaths.

While the new cigarettes aren't expected to totally eliminate the inherent risk of fire that any smoking material presents, fire service leaders feel that any fire that is prevented makes the passage of this legislation worthwhile.

Fire-safe cigarettes are already required in eight states and all of Canada.  Kentucky and Maryland became numbers 7 and 8 this past month.  20+ other states are considering similar legislation.

The next step for this bill is a hearing before the Finance Committee.  Information on this hearing will be posted as it becomes available.

For more information on the topic, see our

Fire Safe Cigarette Fact Sheet

L to R:  Deputy Chief Derek Noe, Ashland City Fire Dept.; Fire Marshal Andy King, Franklin Fire Dept.; Asst. State Fire Marshal Emmitt Turner; Danny Briley, TN/KY Fire Sprinkler; Sen. Rosalind Kurita; Roger Hawks, TFACA Director; Vickie Pritchett, Fire Team Project Manager; Eric Briley, TN/KY Fire Sprinkler; Karen Alexander, TFACA; Fire Marshal PJ Duncan, Pleasant View Vol. Fire Dept.; and Kevin Lauer, CTAS (blocked).
 
Sen. Kurita visits with PVVFD Chief Shane Ray, discussing the fire safe cigarettes.
 
 

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