Fire-safe cigarette law takes effect Monday

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Vermont is set to become the second state in the country to sell cigarettes designed to be less likely to cause fires.

Following New York, the Legislature passed a law that requires all stores to sell cigarettes that meet fire safety standards.

The new law takes effect on Monday.

Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related deaths.

Paul Burns of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group says fire-safe cigarettes are a way to save lives.

Stores will be allowed to sell their inventory of regular cigarettes before switching to the fire-safe kind.

A similar law took effect in New York two years ago. Since then fire deaths have dropped by 48%.

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