US fire-safe cigarettes lead to drop in residential fires

Fire-safe cigarettes, which have an ability to self-extinguish if left unattended, have appeared to lower the rate of residential fires.

Harvard researchers studied a six-year-old law in Massachusetts that required only fire-safe cigarettes be sold. The study found the likelihood of unintentional residential fires dropped by 28% after the law was introduced in 2008.

The largest drop was in fires that involved human factors, such as falling asleep while smoking, and fires that ignited furniture and bedding.

Read more at Harvard School of Public Health