Those "stage cigarettes" if you are refferring to the ones that are sold by several different theatrical supply companies, actually don't light. they have an LED in the end and only emit "smoke" when the actor blows out as they have a little light-weight powder in them.
What I was refferring to was not an herbal cigarette but a stage cigarette. Even, or possible, Especially when using a cigarette on stage the safety issue has nothing to do with the smell, nicotine or tar content. It's fire. Cigartettes have chemical additives that keep them lit until they run out of fuel, this is exactly the opposite of any stage designed fire effect.Ok simple solution. A glass of warm water secured inside the swining box and just before its needed drop a small piece of dry ice in it.
and what you guys were calling a fake cigarette is called an herbal cigarette you can buy them at health food stores or at prop shops. They can be lit and used on stage, they are actualy lit they smell so horrible. But you can smoke them.
I think if you looked into it you'd find that fire regulations and Theatres have a very tight history. For a while there Theatre fires and PLagues were probably the largest tradgedies that occurred that were preventable. Just because you are not aware of fire codes in your city or state does not mean they don't exist. Personally I don't know of a state that doesn't have SEVERE restrictions on the use of fire onstage. Having a non-self-extinguishing combustion source on stage is dangerous, and without the proper safety precautions, irresponsible.Hmm you need a pink slip for a cig eh........
Well portland and california have some of the strangest fire code i have ever seen............Just goes to show you how fire code effects each of us differntly.