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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safer Cigarette Made

NEW YORK -- Philip Morris has developed a slower-burning paper that may lower chances that a discarded or dropped cigarette will start a fire. But the biggest U.S. cigarette company wants to know if consumers will put up with the chance that their cigarette may go out by itself if they fail to take a puff often enough before marketing the smokes nationally.

The maker of the top-selling Marlboro brand announced Tuesday that it expects to start consumer tests of the paper with its Merit cigarettes within six months. It has yet to select the test markets.