Are the new FSC fire-safe cigarettes making smokers sicker than ever?

Friday, January 1, 2010

After lighting up are you experiencing more headaches, stomach cramps or a coppery taste in your mouth? Does your new FSC (fire-safe cigarette) taste bad, cause dry mouth and are you coughing more?
New York State was one of the first states to require that cigarettes be made with the new fire-safe paper. This paper is constructed by gluing two or three thin bands of less-porous paper together with an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer emulsion based adhesive (carpet glue).
These papers have bands (see image) that act as speed bumps, so if the cigarette is left unattended it will self-extinguish. The coalitions that passed these laws believe that these cigarettes would limit the number of cigarette fire deaths.


Though this law was passed in 2004, the number of deaths caused by fires from cigarettes hasn’t been greatly reduced, but complaints from smokers all over the U.S have multiplied.
Symptoms include:
Nausea, sores in mouth and throat, dry throat, constant headaches, extreme coughing, tightness in the chest, vomiting, body aches, pain in the abdomen and respiratory conditions including asthma and bronchitis.
The firesafecigarette.org website mentions a study by the Harvard School of Public Health:
“The report states, "The majority of smoke toxic compounds (14) tested were not different between New York and Massachusetts brands. Five compounds were slightly higher in New York brands. There is no evidence that these increases affect the already highly toxic nature of cigarette smoke." The research found the majority of toxic compounds were no different between the smoke of the New York and Massachusetts brands that were tested. Five compounds were slightly higher, but no evidence exists that the small increases affect the already highly toxic nature of cigarette smoke.”
Essentially, what they are saying is that since cigarettes are already toxic, let’s make them more toxic.

Read more at:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-11705-NY-Holistic-Body--Spirit-Examiner~y2009m7d12-Are-the-new-FSC-firesafe-cigarettes-making-smokers-sicker-than-ever

2 comments:

Carrie January 2, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

FSC cigarettes are horrible and extremely dangerous. When I first heard about them on TV I thought they were a pretty cool idea because I'm all for fire prevention. I was wrong.

The "fire safe" cigs are much more a fire hazard. The lit end falls out often and when you re-light they often spark (flame up). I read where one lady burnt her bangs and forehead because of that and thousands have burnt carpets, furniture, and clothes and/or have gotten sick (including myself). The papers aren't actually thicker, it's more paper stuck together with carpet glue. Funny how they thought they had to slow down the burn rate with more chemicals when they tobacco contains chemicals to accelerate the burn, ugh. A lot of people have said they almost wrecked their cars when the cherry falls on their lap while driving. This is where it really affects nonsmokers because people will be crashing into them too! There is an online petition to repeal this law http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-fire-safe-cigarette-laws. Read the signatures, it is really scary.

After many years of smoking factory cigs hubby and I are smoking (vaping) e-cigs now and stuffing our own also. We will never, ever smoke another FSC cig. Feel free to visit my smokin' blog http://greensmokeelectroniccigarettes.blogspot.com .

Wishing all smokers the best in quitting or finding an alternative, or two. Happy New Year!

fsclawrepeal May 8, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

For the truth behind FSC or fire safe cigarette laws see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-brooks/fire-safe-cigarette-laws_b_519867.html

Please help spread the word so we can get these dangerous laws repealed!

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