New Rules For Cigarettes Sold In Virginia | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

New Rules For Cigarettes Sold In Virginia

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

Starting next month, cigarettes sold in Virginia must comply with standards aimed at making them less likely to start fires.

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2008 requiring cigarettes sold in the state to meet standards that make them more likely to self-extinguish. The key change is the type of paper used, which has several rows of less-porous bands which slow a cigarette's burn rate and makes it more likely to extinguish when discarded or left unattended.

Preliminary data collected by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs shows that in 2009, cigarettes and other smoking materials were identified as the cause of 150 structure fires, and four fatalities.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 18

You can attend an annual Latin American film festival or see a new play about strength, war and family.

NPR

From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.
NPR

Senate To Vote On Arming Rebels As Islamic State Seizes Villages

The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.
NPR

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.