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Lawmakers OK ban on novelty lighters

Posted June 19, 2009

— North Carolina lawmakers have approved a ban on the sale and distribution of lighters that look like toys.

The state Child Fatality Task Force, which investigates child deaths, recommended a novelty-lighter ban to protect children. Senate Bill 652, which would make selling such lighters punishable by a $500 fine, won final approval in the General Assembly on Thursday.

The legislation still must be signed into law by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Novelty lighters come in a variety of shapes, from a little pig to a wolf with flashing blue eyes to an elephant to a NASCAR helmet. Some even look like cigarettes.

They are sold primarily in tobacco shops, where they're stored behind glass.

Arkansas, Maine and Oregon have already banned novelty lighters.


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  • OpinionOnEverything Jun 19, 2009

    America is becoming more like Britain every day.

  • OpinionOnEverything Jun 19, 2009

    Why don't they just tax them out of existence?

  • Whatever Geez Jun 19, 2009

    I was going to make a smart comment but it really does make a little bit of sense even though I think there are WAY worse off things then this....

  • Road-wearier Jun 19, 2009

    When novelty lighters are outlawed, only outlaws will have novelty lighters.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 19, 2009

    They are also outlawing the tube roses because they can be used as crack pipes. We are paying these people for their leadership.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 19, 2009

    Our democratic controlled house is out of control.

  • bnorris6 Jun 19, 2009

    Complete waste of taxpayer's money. I do not see how this will save children's lives. If a child is going to play with lighters it won't matter the design. Where are the parents. I guess it's the government's job to raise your children, since parents are too busy to do their job. Of course they found the time to conceive them.

  • NCSULandscaper Jun 19, 2009

    One more little piece of freedom gone..........guess we will have to go to virginia or south carolina to buy our lighters too

  • Yellow Rider Jun 19, 2009

    Children are risky. I think we should ban them too.

  • batcave Jun 19, 2009

    this is so stupid it makes me sick to my gut. For law makers who approved the ban---here's yer sighn---vote Libertarian or continue to be treated like a child---case closed.