This message from a smoker in KY was shared within the Yahoo smokers rights groups. But I think it's appropriate for my blog too.
I live in Kentucky where FSC went into effect several months ago. My
family and I are all heavy smokers. Without any knowledge or warning
we realized one day that our cigarettes kept going out while we were
smoking them, followed by constant falling embers that burned our
hands. Over the course of the next few weeks we began experiencing
symptoms that include; , nausea, headaches, panic attacks,
tightness in our chests, excessive coughing, .
After a trip to the local Emergency Room, I was diagnosed with Thrush
and given a round of antibiotics. I completed the antibiotic regimen
and still these symptoms prevailed. It was at this point we found out
that FSC's had replaced our usual cigarettes. In an attempt to save
ourselves from these consequences we started smoking non FSC's and
all of our symptoms miraculously subsided. I live on the border to TN
and it is just as close to drive there, as it is to the nearest town
in Ky. Because I am able to do this, I know for a fact that it is the
FSC's that indeed brought on my symptoms.
Here is a link to a petition with 1,355 names thus far and growing of
smokers who say that these FSC's are making them sick.
http://www.thepetit ionsite.com/ 1/repeal- fire-safe- cigarette- laws
The facts are that Harvard themselves said that more testing was
needed on the effects these products will have on those who smoke
them. In an attempt to keep from getting the implementation tied up
in Congress, they have set out across the states to set a national
standard a lot quicker. They do not seem to care that smokers are
getting sick from these legislations.
Here is a link to a blog Citizens Against Fire Safe Cigarettes
http://cafsc. blogspot. com/ with some more information on the matter.
Since FSC's became effective in Maine January 1, 2008 your group
needs to be aware that this petition exists. If you or anyone you
know are experiencing any new side effects from fire-safe cigarettes
I encourage you to sign the petition online, and also write to your
state representatives and let them know. Currently this petition is
the strongest source I am aware of to make our voice heard.
Thank you for your time,