Novelty and toylike lighters: status of legislation to ban, limit sale

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Toylike or novelty lighters are responsible for injuries, deaths and accidents across the nation. Children in particular are attracted to novelty lighters because they look like toys or animals.

Some state governments are taking action by banning the sale of toylike and novelty lighters and limiting their distribution. In addition to state bans and restrictions, numerous local jurisdictions have passed ordinances.

If you live in a state that has not passed legislation to ban or limit the sale of novelty lighters, contact your State Fire Marshal's office to find out if your legislature is considering a bill.

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States with pending legislation to ban, limit sale of novelty lighters

State Description Legislation link
Nebraska Bill prohibits the retail sale or distribution as a promotion of novelty lighters Read the Nebraska bill (PDF, 6 Kb)

States with legislation to ban, limit sale of novelty lighters

State Passed into law Description Legislation link
Arkansas 2009 Bans the sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read Arkansas' legislation (PDF, 27 Kb)
Hawaii 2011 Bans the sale of novelty lighters Read Hawaii's legislation (PDF, 56 Kb)
Illinois 2010 Bans the sale and distribution of novelty and toy lighters Read Illinois' legislation (PDF, 46 Kb)
Louisiana 2009 Prohibits the sale and distribution of certain novelty lighters Read Louisiana's legislation (PDF, 17 Kb)
Maine 2008 (first state to enact legislation) Prohibits the retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read Maine's legislation (PDF, 10 Kb)
Massachusetts 2010 Bans the manufacture, sale, giving away, storing or transport of novelty lighters Read Massachusetts' legislation (PDF, 88 Kb)
Mississippi 2010 Bans the sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read Mississippi's legislation (PDF, 80 Kb)
Nevada 2009 Prohibits the sale or distribution as a promotion of novelty lighters Read Nevada's legislation (21 Kb)
New Jersey 2009 Prohibits the sale of novelty lighters Read New Jersey's legislation (PDF, 23 Kb)
New York 2013 Bans the manufacture, import, sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read New York's legislation
North Carolina 2009 Prohibits the retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read North Carolina's legislation (PDF, 19 Kb)
Oregon 2009 Bans the manufacture, sale and distribution of toylike (novelty) lighters Read Oregon's legislation
Tennessee 2008 Limits the sale and distribution of novelty lighters Read Tennessee's legislation (PDF, 110 Kb)
Utah 2010 Prohibits the sale, manufacture, distribution or possession of novelty lighters Read Utah's legislation (PDF, 84 Kb)
Virginia 2009 Prohibits the sale of novelty lighters to juveniles Read Virginia's legislation (PDF, 9 Kb)
Washington 2009 Prohibits the sale or distribution of certain novelty lighters Read Washington's legislation (PDF, 16 Kb)

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