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New Fire-Safe Cigarette Law in Oregon

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- A new Oregon law aims at cutting down cigarette-started fires. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski says that cigarettes started more than 9,000 fires in Oregon between 1999 and 2005.

As a result, the Oregon legislature passed a new law that will force cigarette companies to sell a new type of cigarette in Oregon. After July 1st, all smokes in Oregon will have to be more fire-safe, meaning they will have to be a new type that goes out if it is not puffed.

Hermiston has had seven cigarette-related fires in the last three years. Hermiston Fire Marshal Tom Bohm says, "I''m happy, I think this is going to have an impact. Hopefully, we'll have less fire injuries and less fire deaths. Hopefully, over the next three years we'll have seven less fires."

Oregon will be the ninth state to adopt a fire-safe cigarettes law.