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"Fire Safe" Cigarettes hit Georgia

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – There's a big change this year for Georgia and Alabama residents who smoke.

New "fire safe paper" will became mandatory January 1st, though most manufacturers made the switch a while back.

The goal --- to prevent unattended butts from starting fires.

The new paper will extinguish itself, if left unattended. Some smokers criticize the new paper, but fire officials praise it.

"We have a lot of fires throughout the nation yearly because of discarded smoking materials, cigarettes can smolder for a while even if you're not puffing on them and sometimes they can be discarded in a couch or bed if you're going to sleep, anything that would make it safer is a great idea," said Batt. Chief Keith Ambrose, Albany Fire Department.

38-states already use the "fire safe paper".

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