The Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University has many resources that explore Congressman Moakley’s twenty-year effort to create a national standard for the production of fire-safe cigarettes. Moakley’s interest in the issue stemmed from a fatal, cigarette-caused fire in his district in 1979 that killed a family in Westwood, Mass. In an effort to prevent similar tragedies, Moakley began a legislative campaign to tighten regulations on the tobacco industry and to require the production of self-extinguishing cigarettes. The fire-safe cigarette (FSC) related documents in Congressman Moakley’s papers (MS 100) provides insight on the legislative process by which laws are created and ratified (or not); as well as a means to examine the influence of lobbyists on Congress.
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Moakley Archive and Institute, "Fire-Safe Cigarettes: a Research Guide" (2020). Moakley Archive Finding Aids and Research Guides. 15.