Can you put a cigarette out in a can of gasoline? With all the warnings not to smoke around gas pumps, I raised the question to my fiance, who told me that in order for a cigarette to actually ignite flames in gasoline it requires pressure and a spark to do so. To prove his point, he took his own lit cigarette, filled a Gatorade container with gasoline from his gas can in his truck, and dropped the lit sucker in there.
What happened? The cigarette went out as easily as it would have in water. He said that you have to have pressure and a spark to actually cause a fire or an explosion from a lit cigarette and something flammable like gasoline, and while he didn’t recommend me taking a match or cigarette and dropping them happily in flammable gases, he proved to me that I needn’t worry every time he gets gas and smokes away happily while filling up.
Note: I would not recommend trying this experiment out yourself or dinking around with lit items and flammable substances just to prove a point, but it was cool that he was able to put out a cigarette in a can of gasoline and simply have the cigarette go out like it was put in water. A sure way to prove a point about the flammability of a lit cigarette, but neither he nor I would recommend someone else trying this experiment out, I just thought it would be cool to pass along our little test to others.
Further note: I would not condone smoking to begin with. It’s an unhealthy, expensive habit, but I guess if you want to light up around gasoline, the odds of actually blowing something up or starting a fire are slim. But would I recommend you dousing yourself in gas and then lighting up a cigarette? Certainly not.