Proposal Asks for Ban on Novelty Lighters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi firefighters are asking legislators to ban the sale of novelty lighters that can be shaped like animals, guitars or guns. They're small enough to fit in children's hands and resemble toys.

Democratic Rep. Bob Evans of Monticello and Republican Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian have filed bills that would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to $150 per item for the sale and distribution of such lighters.

At least 13 other states already have banned the devices.

Mississippi Firefighters Association president Jeff Homan said children can be taught not to play with matches or regular cigarette lighters, but it's difficult to teach them not to play with lighters that look like toys.

The bills are House Bill 232 and Senate Bill 2286.

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  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Your talking about New Jersey here, there not known for there smarts.
  • by chief tkd Location: new jersey on Jan 28, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    new jersey passed novelty lighter ban november 20 2009 it will be enforced starting june 1 2010
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    I think that it is the parents responsibilty to keep thinks like this out of the hands of children! Not the government.
  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Then you would be out of a job.
  • by firefighter on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    as a firefighter i would like to see these lighters taken off of the market due to the fact that children could burn homes down or burn themselves and not even realize that what they have is not a toy
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    More of the Government telling people what they can and cant do due to the ignorance of the few.
  • by Randy Location: lauderdale county on Jan 28, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    I can understand why they would ban lighters that look like toys.But in reading the definition Definition. Novelty lighter means a lighter that has entertaining audio or visual effects, or that depicts (logos, decals, art work, etc.) It would take more than just the toy type lighters off of the shelf such as lighters with foot ball team logos Nascar etc.I am starting to wonder what is worse a lawmaker or a law breaker?If the lawmakers continue we will all be lawbreakers.
  • by JUST ENFORCE IT Location: MERIDIAN on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    Sec. 16-51. Novelty lighters--Prohibit retail sale or distribution. (a) Prohibitions, inapplicability. The retail sale, offer of retail sale, gift or distribution of any novelty lighter within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Meridian is prohibited. This prohibition is inapplicable to (1) novelty lighters which are only being actively transported through the city; or (2) novelty lighters located in a warehouse closed to the public for purposes of retail sales. (b) Definition. Novelty lighter means a lighter that has entertaining audio or visual effects, or that depicts (logos, decals, art work, etc.) or resembles in physical form or function articles commonly recognized as appealing to or intended for use by children ten (10) years of age or younger. This includes, but is not limited to, lighters that depict or resemble cartoon characters, toys, guns, watches, musical instruments, vehicles, toy animals, food or beverages, or that play musical notes
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