Wondered why your cigarette suddenly keeps going out?

by Happy
(New Zealand)

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand
NZ Cigarette Police SWAT Team smokng out an Undercover Smoker.
Australian Cigarette Police patrolling smoking No-Go area

Puzzled by the fact that my Benson & Hedges (Rich....with all that tax that's a sad joke) cigarettes suddenly kept going out ... I decided to investigate.

I compared cigarettes I bought in New Zealand with ones I bought in Australia, I compared Tax paid and duty free - all had the the same irritating problem. Unlike the cigarettes I smoked in Saudi Arabia.

The cigarettes were worse than the cheap 'blue liner' cigarettes we were given in the Royal Navy... and they were alleged to be the sweepings up off the floor!

Yes! the government started me smoking and taxing me ever since!!!

So here I was paying over $15 a for a packet of cigs in New Zealand compared with less than $15 for 200 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ... and what I was getting was rubbish. What's more the cigarettes seemed to hold a potential fire risk as they appeared to lose their red hot tip and go out.

Often time the cigarettes would go out 3 times in a smoke .. more like a roll-up than a tailor made! Worse they often went out about a centimeter and half from the tip. This for me was not worth relighting and therefore wasted a third of what was now a very expensive cigarette.

I asked friends about their cigarettes. Sue enough we Pall Mall smokers were experiencing the same and were also worried about the fire risk.

So I decided to see what British American Tobacco (BAT had to say about this. I eventually found the place to complain on their web site and sent an email.



Customer service...you gotta be joking I receive a cryptic email saying phone this number. I ignore the message because it doesn't seem as though it is from BAT at all and doesn't mention my complaint... presumably they have outsourced this aspect of their service.

I repeat the exercise (ever more frustrated) to find a second cryptic email appears in my inbox. This triggered me to associate my complaint email with the incoming responses. I mean I know there are automatic responders but one could at least tailor the response to be more meaningful than this!

So I phone the number now quite upset about the cigs (or lack of them) and the service. Launching into my tirade about cheapening and ever more expensive product (due to government tax)... I was shocked to hear the response from the representative.

"All cigarettes manufactured in Australia (including cigarettes distributed to New Zealand) are now subject to a little known new Australian government regulation ...."

"They must be fitted with spacers to make them go out .... fire and safety rules!!!"

Smokers: Is this a smoking complaint or a Nanny State complaint .. I'll let you decide, but I'll post it in both for good measure.

Non-Smokers (or should I say anti-smokers) all of this will be perfectly justified ... but wait, one day some intolerant bunch will target you and legitimize anything they want....its happening everywhere, right now. What a formula...big brother.....

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Wondered why your cigarette suddenly keeps going out?

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May 28, 2013
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Smoking dude NEW
by: Anonymous

I find that now (health & safety) have fitted spacers to my cigarettes that make them go out ......a damn pain in the ass as I now have to puff like a Mo^*€¥f&£:er to get enough ash to smoke my CRACK .....GRRRR !

Apr 25, 2012
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It is because of new rules
by: Anonymous

My cigarette keeps going out so I did some investigating.

It has been mostly ignored by the media but as of mid November 2011 all cigarettes sold in the EU, including the UK have to be deemed fire safe or trading standards are allowed to confiscate them off the shelf in the shop. This basically means if a cigarette is not banded in some way to make it self extinguish at 3 regular intervals then it is deemed unsafe. The EU cigarette manufacturers are perfectly within their rights to leave out this fire safe technology as it is not compulsary as far as I can tell, but with the threat of their products being summarily ripped of the shelves if they don't, they have all decided to obey the legislation as far as I can determine.

They have had these new cigarettes in the USA for quite some time and their smokers are mostly not happy about it at all.

Just google these phrases- "RIP cigarette" or "reduced ignition propensity cigarette" for the UK and for the USA "FSC cigarette" or "fire safe cigarette"

This will lead you to all the answers you could want and who lobbied for the new rules.

There's quite a lot more information out there about it than I've given above but with no indications of change on the packets most smokers just assume their local shop is up to no good or that they have a stale batch of cigs.

Feb 11, 2012
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Here too !
by: Anonymous

Noticed this a few months ago, when the cigarettes bought in Europe a year ago finally ran out, and I had to purchase locally (U.K.).

It's really not good, considering the price we pay. Soon be coming up to the time of 'No smoking Day' here (in March).... If everyone here gave up at the same time, I reckon the Government would collapse for lack of revenue !

Jan 01, 2012
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I live in the UK and have the same experience over several brands recently
by: Anonymous

I am a long term smoker of Sterling Superkings and my partner smokes Marlboro - we have both noticed our cigarettes suddenly going out frequently during a period of time that previously allowed a consistent smoke of a full cigarette.

There has been no explanation for the major change offered by any cigarette manufacturer that I am aware of - thank you for publicising the issue.

It's an appalling abuse of market trust and I hope the situation will be addressed formally by the Tobacco industry ASAP.

Nov 02, 2011
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B&H cigarettes
by: KM1423

Hi I read your comment about your cigarettes going out. I am in the UK and recently, let's say the last 2 months this has been happening to me. I thought my corner shop was was buying dodgey ciggies to keep costs down but charge the full £7.59. That is for 20. Yes you are correct, it's as if you are smoking something herbal... If this is true about the spacing filter then I am surprised there is no mention of this anywhere on the packet. It seems that we are paying for space and not tobacco.

I have never heard of this "fire risk reduction" before. Ah well Christmas is nearly here, so I had better put my money to better use and quit. B&H can keep their spacing filter. I would be better off smoking something natural, at least after a while you don't care if it goes out.

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