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Smoking material-related fires

The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, coordinated by NFPA, is calling for cigarette manufacturers to immediately produce only cigarettes that adhere to an established safety performance standard.

Facts & figures

  • Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. Roughly one of every four fire deaths in 2006 was attributed to smoking materials.
  • In 2006, there were an estimated 142,900 smoking-material fires in the United States. These fires caused 780 civilian deaths and 1,600 civilian injuries.
  • Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking-material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults. 
  • The most common items first ignited in home smoking-material fire deaths were upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding.

Source: NFPA's "The Smoking-Material Fire Problem" report by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2008.

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.
Updated 11/08

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