CA Killing Smokers

I am thoroughly convinced that the State of California is trying to kill me.

Since the California Legislature has been unsuccessful in taxing smokers out of existence, they are now trying to kill us off.

As a long time smoker, who takes her health very seriously – don’t laugh, I really do. I’ve tried the whole quitting routine (five years), only to find that my health problems had multiplied and I was far worse off without my trusty pack of smokes than I was with them. I won’t bore you with the details – you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

After a recent purchase of my regular brand, Marlboro menthol cigarettes, which are made by none-other-than the infamous Phillip Morris, I began to notice something was terribly wrong with my cigarettes. They kept going out, if I wasn’t continuously dragging on the filter. Three times I actually thought I had lost the cherry off the end and began a frantic search for it, not wanting to burn a hole in my new pajamas.

“It is important to note that these cigarettes are not “fire-safe.” Anything that burns, if handled carelessly, can cause a fire. RCIP cigarettes should be handled and disposed of properly, just like regular cigarettes.” (Phillip Morris’s website)

Well, I have to tell you, even though Phillip Morris claims they are not fire-safe, I can assure you that starting a fire with these would be very difficult.

I realized about halfway through the pack that something was different about this pack. So, I went in search of an answer. It didn’t take me long to find it:

Phillip Morris posted the following on their website:

Reduced Cigarette Ignition Propensity (RCIP) describes cigarettes that demonstrate a reduced ignition propensity in certain laboratory tests. New York (effective June 28, 2004), Vermont (effective May 1, 2006) and California (effective January 1, 2007) have enacted laws adopting a statewide performance standard for RCIP.

Today, many manufacturers including Philip Morris USA (PM USA) use banded cigarette paper to achieve compliance with mandatory standards and improved test results. The developers of the test method, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), have stated that cigarettes with improved test performance are less likely to ignite bedding and upholstered furniture, such as mattresses and sofas. Banded paper cigarettes have been in the marketplace for a short time however, and therefore there is a limited amount of data regarding their actual real-world impact.

I have to tell you that if a smoker smokes these cigarettes for any length of time, it will certainly kill them. I’ve never had to inhale so deeply, to keep a cigarette from going out. I can only surmise that in their zeal to “protect” “innocent” citizens from the hazard presented by those nasty smokers, the legislators in Vermont, New York and California have colluded with tobacco manufacturers, to sacrifice smokers.

I’ve smoked about 15 cigarettes made with the new, banded paper and already my throat hurts, my lungs feel heavy and I’m having trouble breathing. Symptoms I don’t normally develop unless I have a cold or respiratory illness.

Phillip Morris admits the new paper has only been used for a short time and that they have no idea what the health impact will be on the smokers who are forced into this experiment against their will or the impact they will have on our environment.

Call me crazy but I say this is a lawsuit just waiting to happen.

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  • fsclawrepeal says:

    FSC or fire safe cigarette laws were passed state by state using deception and misinformation. FSC cigarettes greatly increase the health risks for smokers. Fires have actually increased for smokers in New York, the first state to pass the law.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Let us have our rights back or sell me a fireproof candle that smells like shit and goes out every 30 seconds. I’m growing my own tobacco, at least I’ll know what’s in it. To all you in our lovely government — next time you put a line up your nose, find out what all is in it. Before you change what’s in the cigarette or the glass of milk my kid drinks, tell me. It’s my right to know.

  • Anonymous says:

    James Shannon President of the NFPA. He’s the one!!!!! Go get him! Write to him. Let him know whats wrong with the cigarettes. He did this, mister big shit….. He’s trying to kill us all.

  • Anonymous says:

    Our California legislators just want to make damn sure that we all end up with Cancer. I swear when I lay down at night I’m going to cough myself to death.I say all us smokers get together and start a big ole lawsuit against the state of Kalifornia. I’ve been calling my relatives in other states, to try and get cigarettes that won’t kill me or at least make me wish I was dead. I knew there was a stupid war on drugs in this country but hell, they have declared all out war on smokers in California and I’m sick and tired of it. I pay my taxes – now leave me and my cigarettes the hell alone.

  • Anonymous says:

    These FSC selling here in Kalifornia are lousy. I have to hit the damn things as if I were smoking a joint to keep them lit. I wonder how much more tar I am ingesting now thanks to the nit-wit lawmakers in Suckramento.HELLO folks. They’re cigarettes. They are supposed to burn. Damn hypocrits trying to act like they give a shit when it’s all about tax revenue. Kiss my ass Phillip Morris. Any you douche-bags in congress, make tobacco illegal if you have the stones. Or is it that you are addicted (taxes) too?

  • Pam says:

    Smoking will be part of our society whether legislatures, medical profesionals, etc. like it or not. We are taxed, ousted of public places, but smokers will not go away, trust me as I smoke my cigarette!Smoking never killed a family of five after having more than 3. WHY do they NOT go after the destilleries the way they have gone after the smoking industires???? I enjoy my Jack moderately and mildly, but RESPONSIBILY.We are governed too much personally and not enough on the elected end. Society has to take a stand against the legislators when things like this are passed way before they get passed!Keep smoking!

  • Anonymous says:

    All drugs should be legalized. Cigarettes are for pansies. If you feel the need to damage your body, go for the gusto. Not because your cigarette fails to stay lit and you have to suck the fag harder… (And yes, a “fag” is a registered term for a cigarette)

  • Shawn K. Hall says:

    I can see it now: the State of California sued for causing medical issues in smokers by forcing them to use something that’s supposed to be “safer”. Fruits and nuts, folks. Fruits and nuts.