Reduced ignition propensity cigarettes.(News)

The DCLG has stated that in recent years across the UK, an average of more than 5,000 fires in buildings have been caused annually by smoking materials, resulting in more than 100 deaths and almost 1,500 non-fatal injuries.

Further UK government research shows that most such fires could be prevented if tobacco manufacturers were required to make simple modifications to their cigarettes to ensure reduced ignition propensity.

An Early Motion states: 'The government congratulates the states of New York, Illinois and Vermont and the government of Canada for introducing this regulatory requirement; it also supports moves by the European Commission to require such action in the European Union under the General Product Safety Directive, which is being discussed on 13 and 14 June. …

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