To the editor,
I realize the topic of smoking will be met with opposition, but I write to you in regard to the “fire-safe cigarette” legislation that has been implemented in Kentucky. The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes crusaded to get these legislations passed across the states because they did not want to get it tied up in Congress awaiting a national standard.
The whole world knows that cigarettes cause horrible consequences to smokers’ health, I am not disputing that in the least; however, something in these FSC’s is making smokers sick in multitudes. An online petition to Repeal Fire Safe Cigarettes http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-fire-safe-cigarette-laws currently has 1,313 signatures from smokers who are experiencing side effects that include; sore throat, excessive coughing, tightness in chest, headaches, and nausea. These symptoms developed immediately after FSC’s appeared on the shelves in their states. Smokers have also reported an increase in burns from falling embers from these alleged fire-safe cigarettes.
It is common knowledge second hand smoke is hazardous; therefore, if smokers are experiencing these symptoms with the benefit of an attached filter, non smokers will not be exempt from these ill effects. This has the capacity to effect every human that is exposed to it.
I feel that when presented with SB 134 on March 9, 2007, lawmakers were made to believe that FSC’s would have no ill effects on smokers. In reality, smokers are experiencing immediate side effects from this legislation. If you are a smoker and experiencing any ill side effects, I urge you to sign the petition online, or contact your state representatives and let your voice be heard.