Self-Extinguishing Cigarette Law May Be Catching On

If you refuse to put out your cigarette, some lawmakers in Washington State want to put it out for you. Their proposal would require cigarettes to be self-extinguishing. If you don't keep puffing, the flame goes out. Which means, among other things, that you don't set yourself on fire in bed. The plan may sound radical, but not to people in California, New York, and Vermont who already have similar laws. Smokers there complain of cigarettes going out too often.



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