NC Senate Votes To Ban Novelty Cigarette Lighters

The state Senate wants cigarette lighters shaped like cell phones, cartoon characters and toy rifles to be snuffed out in North Carolina.

Senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ban the retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters.

The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Austin Allran of Catawba County, said young people have been burned by playing with lighters that look like toys. A state task force looking to reduce child deaths wants the change.

Task force chairman Tom Vitaglione says four states have banned such lighter sales and 16 other states are considering bans.

Sen. David Hoyle of Gaston County voted against the bill, which now goes to the House. Hoyle questioned if the bill was necessary and whether adults should bear some responsibility.


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  • by Jonathan Anderson Location: Greenville on Apr 21, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    Great job senate!! Clap Clap! Way to waste your time on something so small! How about work on getting all these unemployed people jobs!!! Or helping out with the mortage crisis! But im sure that these lighters where a huge problem that just had to be addressed! With another 3 and a half years of Bev. Perdue we North Carolinians are SCREWED!!!! Glad to see our tax dollars being put to good use! Yeah right! LMAO Grow up and get real! Worry about something that makes a difference!!
  • by G'Vegas on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    WOW!! I never thought i would see the day, Its not even the kids fault for burning them selves. Its the parents fault for not keeping an eye on their kids.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Well, these are the idiots you voted for. What were you thinking. Next, they will see the nauga (naugahyde) as an endangered species needing protection. Why don't they just add additional taxes on the lighters.......
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Apr 17, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    If this does NOT scare the mess out of you, then you just really cant see what is actualy going on in our country. This is stupid legislation, and an absolute WASTE of our legislators time. THIS is what they do in Raliegh. These folk are ABSOLUTELY out of touch with any sort of reality. Oops, I'm sorry I just lost if for a minute, I forgot we need government to watch over our every need and to protect us from OURSELVES because we are no longer able. Hey nanny I gotta potty, you gonna be there to wipe my face when I'm done. Ba-Haa. And NO I do not want little kids to get hurt, but where will the protection END!!!! Buzz-
  • by Dan Location: Greenville on Apr 17, 2009 at 03:01 AM
    we have got to stop voting for idiots.bigger govenment is going to give me hemmeriods. ''you people make me sick!!!''
  • by JOE on Apr 16, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    Another huge problem solved for the citizens of NC. You got to be kidding me. This is just another example of how iur government is so out of touch. Unbelievable!!!!
  • by Tina Location: Gville on Apr 16, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    pathetic waste of our money.
  • by SBK Location: Belhaven on Apr 16, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    We've got NC legislators wasting time on garbage like this, and people aren't worried about their DC counterparts outlawing personal ownership of firearms? This is unbelievable. What object wil the government ban next? This is total idiocy. I mean TOTAL idiocy. Our state government is spending time and tax money banning lighters that are a certain shape? Absolutely pitiful. Yep, we're a blue state for sure now.
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 16, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    medicine looks like candy. which of them, should "the state task force" ban? your tax dollars at work. good job cutting waste in the state bev. by all means, preserve the "state task force"
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