ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota fire chiefs hope lighting up will get a little safer next week when only so-called fire safe cigarettes can be sold in Minnesota.
The law requires that all cigarettes sold in the state starting Monday to self-extinguish if left unattended for too long.
The Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association has called the legislation the most important fire-prevention law passed in more than 30 years.
Nyle Zikmund of the chiefs association says that unattended cigarettes are responsible for a quarter of all fire deaths, making them the leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S.
The most common fire-safe technology used by cigarette makers is to wrap the cigarette in thin bands of less porous paper that make the tobacco burn more slowly and eventually extinguish.
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