fires account for hundreds of fatalities every year. In fact, smoking materials, including matches, lighters and cigarettes, are the nation's biggest causes of fires. The total annual cost of cigarette fires, including fatal injuries, non-fatal hospital visits and property damage reaches the billions of dollars. Consumer interest groups argue that tobacco manufacturers design cigarettes to continue to burn when not being puffed which can result in fires when they are placed on flammable material such as upholstery. Opponents argue that only minor adjustments can make cigarettes more fire safe-a demand tobacco companies claim is technologically impossible.
In an unprecedented case, Philip Morris settled a cigarette fire lawsuit
for $2 million in 2003. The nine-year suit involved a 21-month-old girl who suffered disfiguring burns
over 77 percent of her body when her mother's vehicle caught fire after she left a smoldering cigarette in her car. More than 15 similar cases had been filed nationwide before the settlement. All were dismissed. Attorneys believe the settlement may open the door to a wave of cigarette fire litigation.
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