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Fire-safe cigarettes to be fast-tracked

Posted on 03/30/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

The government has moved to fast-track the introduction of “fire safe” cigarettes, following the country\’s deadliest ever wildfires.

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A discarded cigarette butt has been linked to one of several major blazes that swept through Victoria this month, killing 208 people and leaving another 10,000 homeless.

Consumer Affairs Minister Chris Bowen said he would push for the mandatory introduction of self-extinguishing “fire safe” cigarettes – currently slated for 2010 – to be expedited in the wake of the deadly fires.

“The minister has requested advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission looking at the possibility of bringing forward the start date,” a spokesman said.

A coalition of non-government groups has called for the safer cigarettes to be introduced in time for the next fire season.

Fire danger worsening

“The tobacco industry has the technology to produce, and is already producing, reduced fire-risk cigarettes in other jurisdictions including Canada and some US states and cities,” said Professor Simon Chapman, from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

“Clearly the danger of fires is intensifying and we should all do what we can to reduce the risk.

“We\’re asking for Australian tobacco manufacturers to show the kind of \’can-do\’ attitude other Australians have shown in the wake of the Victorian disaster.”

The cigarettes, which are made with special paper and additives so they go out if left unattended, are compulsory in Canada and some states in the United States.

According to ACCC research, approximately seven per cent of fires on public land are started by cigarettes, and eight per cent of all fire-related deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2006 were cigarette-related.

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