Novelty Lighters Officially Banned in Oregon

Novelty lighters are now illegal in Oregon.


The ban on novelty lighters went into effect June 2. They are are sold at many convenience stores, and backers say they pose a danger to children because they look like toys, the Associated Press reported.


The law bans lighters with “features attractive to children,” like visual effects, flashing lights, musical sounds, and toy-like designs.


Retailers were notified of the new law in March and had 90 days to remove any novelty or toy-like lighters from their shelves.


Five other states have also banned novelty lighters, Arkansas, Maine, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. Twenty-two additional states have introduced legislation for a ban.


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