Safety Tip

Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table. Read all of NFPA's smoking safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.

The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, coordinated by NFPA, was 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.

News release: Smoking-materials fire deaths drop to 30-year low

Facts & figures

  • In 2011, there were an estimated 90,000 smoking-material fires in the United States.These fires caused 540 civilian deaths, 1,640 civilian injuries and $621 million in direct property damage.
  • One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.
  • Most deaths result from fires that started in bedrooms (40%), or in living rooms, family rooms or dens (35%).
  • Nearly half (46%) fatal home smoking-material fire victims were age 65 or older.

Source: NFPA's "The Smoking-Material Fire Problem" report by John R. Hall, Jr., July 2013.

Also see: Fact sheet on smoking materials (PDF, 161 KB).

Video: Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. NFPA's Lisa Braxton has a few safety tips to keep in mind if you're a smoker.

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