The H.R. 1130 Fire Safe Cigarettes Act is a Bill introduced by Congressman Joseph
Moakley, from Boston. He and others including the Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc., The
Phoenix-Society For Burn Survivors, Inc., the Trauma Foundation, Andrew McGuire, the Fire Safe Cigarette Coalition formed in 1999 and others
have been helping the public become aware of the need for this Bill. So many people today like some of you reading this are not aware of the
The Executive of BSTTW has been interviewed in his home town
by The East County OBSERVER. He helped people in his community who read the article to understand fires caused by cigarettes and the H.R.
On the average annually there are 1,500 fire related deaths due to cigarettes. Also 3,000 people are injured. Both
figures includes firefighters. One-third of these deaths and injuries affect innocient CHILDREN and Adults who do not smoke. The cost of
these deaths, injuries and property damage is over $6 Billion per year. Four years ago in 1996, there was 160,000 cigarette-related fires.
This problem has been seen throughout the World.
The passing of the H.R. 1130 Fire Safe Cigarettes Act of 1999 will cause cigarette safety standards that have already
been proven to be met. This will force United States companies to produce safer cigarettes that are being sold in the United States and exported.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission will also be involved. They will have to make sure that this Bill is met within 18 months of it being
enacted, by all companies producing United States cigarettes sold in the United States, exported or foreign cigarettes imported into the United
States. The changes of the production of American made cigarettes will be the use of less dense tobacco and less porous paper renders. By causing
all imported cigarettes into the United States to meet the H.R. 1130 we will be helping the World to begin to also produce safer exported cigarettes
and hopefully the cigarettes they produce to sell in their own country.
From children up to senior citizens, you can contact your Congressman and Representatives in your area were you live and
let them know that you would like this Bill to be passed and help save lives.
Remember the H.R. 1130 Fire Safe Cigarettes Act of 1999 is not being passed to stop people from smoking. Its purpose is to
create a more fire safe environment for people who smoke or do not smoke.