Wausau Wisconsin

Fire

September 25, 2017

The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, coordinated by NFPA, is a group of organizations who shared the goal of getting cigarette manufacturers to produce only cigarettes that adhere to an established safety performance standard. As of March 2010, all 50 US states passed such legislation and the coalition achieved its goal.

Facts & figures 
  • In 2010, there were an estimated 90,800 smoking-material fires in the United States.These fires caused 610 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries and $663 million in direct property damage.
  • One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires was not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.
  • Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Nearly half (45%) of fatal home smoking-material fire victims were age 65 or older.

Smoking Safety Fact Sheet (pdf)

Source: NFPA's "The Smoking-Material Fire Problem" report by John R. Hall, Jr., March 2012.