By the end of the year Indiana and more than 40 other states will require all cigarettes sold be wrapped with new fire safe paper.
In the Hoosier state, retailers will have six months beginning July 1st to phase out the old cigarettes.
The new paper tobacco wrappers burn themselves out in less than 2 minutes when left unattended or not smoked. The older version of cigarettes can continue to burn for 13 minutes.
It's the loss of life that the state fire marshal's office is concerned about most.
"Last year we had four civilian deaths and 11 civilian injuries with property loss of approximately $3.4 million in Indiana," Assistant State Fire Marshal Jim Bennett said.
Retailers like Randy Biggs at Randy's Tobacco Shop on Lafayette Road agree with critics who say having to puff harder and longer on the new cigarettes makes them more dangerous.
"I can see where it would cause smokers to inhale more tar and nicotine," Biggs said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times