New cigarette; photo: AP

Gothamist has been thinking about the new state-required "fire-safe" cigarettes that go out by themselves unless they are puffed on regularly. Since people get annoyed when their cigarettes go out automatically, making them puff on the cigarette more - isn't that encouraging their habit? Some people just light cigarettes for show or while drinking (in private establishments or at outside bars or on the stoop with a brown-bagged drink). Oh, and telling people that their cigarettes are fire-safe seems dangerous; it can still catch fire when before it goes out!

Has anyone purchased a box of these new cigarettes? The black bar above the bar code signifies that the cigarettes are fire safe. The cigarettes are made from a new kind of paper that inhibits burning, which seems confusing to us since cigarettes are supposed to burn, no?