Fire-safer cigarettes, also known as “reduced ignition propensity cigarettes,” are designed to stop burning when left unattended. Under a North Dakota law passed by the 2009 Legislature, all cigarettes sold or offered for sale in North Dakota must meet the same criteria for fire-safer cigarettes as in New York State. The law goes into effect August 1, 2010.
The law is designed to save lives by reducing the risk that cigarettes will ignite upholstered furniture, mattresses, household furnishings and other combustible material. According to nationwide statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, roughly one in four fire-related deaths is caused by smoking materials.
Fire-safer cigarettes cost the same and have the same characteristics as other cigarettes. The law contains provisions for stores to sell their existing inventory of cigarettes.