Smokers: Notice anything different?
Cigarette smokers may only represent 10-15% of the Hoboken population, but several folks I know have mentioned a bizarre change in the cigarettes they smoke.
“They’ve done something to them! They constantly burn out. What’s the deal?”
For those that smoke, take a look at your pack of cigarettes. It should have an “FSC” marking near the UPC symbol. That stands for “Fire Standards Compliant,” and means there is an added kind of “banded” paper which is designed to burn out if left unattended.
New York has had this kind of cigarette since 2004, but effective June 1, 2008 New Jersey made this a mandatory “feature” of the cigarettes.
What is banded paper?
The banded paper currently used by PM USA has areas of ultra-thin paper or other permeability reducing material that are applied on top of traditional cigarette paper during the papermaking process. The banded paper technology being used by cigarette manufacturers is referred to as “print banded paper,” which uses printing technology to apply the bands. Both types of band technology are designed so that the bands act as “speed bumps” to slow down the rate at which the cigarette burns as the lit end crosses over them. Cigarettes made with this technology may be more likely to extinguish on their own, for example, when resting in an ashtray.
To read more about it, take a look at this document “Reduced Cigarette Ignition Propensity” issued by Philip Morris.
Of course, one person I know thinks this isn’t for Fire Safety, but rather a “CONSPIRACY” designed to make the cigarette burn longer and cause current smokers to inhale MORE smoke and nicotine!!
Any “smoking” Hoboken411 readers notice it?