Archive for Thursday, February 11, 2010

Senate approves ban on novelty lighters

February 11, 2010, 5:14 p.m. Updated February 11, 2010, 5:14 p.m.


State Sens. Chris Steineger and David Haley, both Democrats from Kansas City, sample novelty cigarette lighters collected by state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita. The Senate on Thursday approved a bill to ban the lighters.

State Sens. Chris Steineger and David Haley, both Democrats from Kansas City, sample novelty cigarette lighters collected by state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita. The Senate on Thursday approved a bill to ban the lighters.

The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would ban so-called novelty cigarette lighters.

The measure was approved 32-8 without debate and sent to the House for consideration.

State Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, authored Senate Bill 342, saying that the lighters, which often look like cartoon characters or household items, are too attractive for children.

State Health Officer Jason Eberhart-Phillips also testified in favor of the bill.


Monica Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

The first thing that came to mind when I read this was those commercials you hear on the radio: "In Illinois it is illegal to take a bath with a donkey" or however they go. . .point is this law is just as stupid. "In Kansas it is illegal to light your cigarette with anything but a BIC". I mean, if a kids gonna get a lighter they are going to get a lighter. No matter what it's shaped like or how it looks. RESPONSIBLE (key word) smoker's generally have their lighter's put up. SMART smoker's keep it in their pocket because it's so easy to get your lighter stolen! Bottom line. . . ..this is beyond ridiculous to even be discussed at the Senate and House level!! More harm has been done by cops that thought toy guns were real than by babies that thought a lighter was a toy!

newbee2 8 years, 1 month ago

Here we go again. Another useless action by our legislature...right up there with the Mountain Lion bill, the extra insurance for abortion bill, the need for more billboards in SE KS to promote tourism bill and locations of high school football games bill! What are our elected officials doing on our tax dollar? I thought we had budget issues. They are getting nothing done, why don't they just forfeit their pay this session and go home! This is what our society has become. Warnings on strollers telling people (parents or caregivers) who "should" be smart enough to know better not to fold them up if the kid is still in them! Does anyone take personal responsibility anymore or are most of the population so inept and stupid that they need the government to ban things and tell you what to do so you don't hurt yourself? This is not the Kansas I remember growing up in!

chzypoof1 8 years, 1 month ago

This has got to be a joke. We are wasting time and money on this? It is the PARENT'S responsibility to watch their kids, and keep them from playing with lighters...not the governments.



nativeofkansas 8 years, 1 month ago

If you do an internet search for "Oregon State Fire Marshal Novelty Lighters," you can see pictures showing how these lighters do not look like cigarette lighters, but totally look like little toys.
They always have "made in China" labels. Part of the problem is they don't meet the safety standards that lighters made in the U.S.A. have to meet, and are unsafe to use. The European Union has already banned them, because they didn't meet their safety standards. The Kansas I remember growing up in was a safe place to live and I was taught as a child not to play with matches, because playing with fire is dangerous. Matches are not generally a problem in the hands of an adult, but are a problem in the hands of children, and that is why a responsible person would not leave matches out laying around where kids could pick them up. It is not unusual for an adult who is a smoker to absentmindedly leave their lighters laying around, and these lighters are a lot more fun and attractive than matches or regular lighters. .

nativeofkansas 8 years, 1 month ago

Fire kills Kansans of all ages, but those under age 5 are particularly vulnerable. Small children do not have a strong perception of danger, have less control of their environment, and have a limited ability to react promptly and properly to a fire. According to the Kansas Fire Information Reporting System (KFIRS): 56% of Kansas’s child deaths due to unintentional fire/flame injuries are age 0-4.

Keith 8 years, 1 month ago

"beobachter (Anonymous) says… What we really need is a ban on “novelty” legislators like we now have in Topeka. Total mindless idiots. To bad that don't have the guts and brains to work on our real problems."

Truer words were never spoken.

kansasredlegs 8 years, 1 month ago

nativeof kansas: According to you comments, the legislature overreached with this legislation since it didn't have to ban 'novelty lighters' except those "which do not meet US safety regulations.

Does this mean that if BIC comes out with a commerative Obama novelty political lighter, it can't be sold in Kansas?

Grump 8 years, 1 month ago

The legislature would rather have kids play with real lighters instead?

Shardwurm 8 years, 1 month ago

Save us from ourselves! Please!

I'd be willing to bet more parents let their children sit without car seats than leave novelty lighters laying around.

beawolf 8 years, 1 month ago

BFD. Man, some you really get your panties in a bunch over nothing. They should rename this the Lawrence Journal Whiners blog. Every article the same old losers post the same old drivel. Get a life people and put your efforts into something worthwhile.

Liberty275 8 years, 1 month ago

I don't need a bunch of sniveling democrats to be my nanny. As bad as the republicans are, they aren't nearly as proficient as democrats at trampling Americans' liberty.

jayhawklawrence 8 years, 1 month ago

Does government have any business getting involved in something like this?

This is just ridiculous.

Steve Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

all of you are correct, now get out and votem out I am .!!!

Jeremy DeBoard 8 years, 1 month ago

kids will play with ANY lighter as it makes fire, and fire fascinates them. It's a light source, it dances around. It makes things burn up. And if you've ever taken kids camping, you know to keep a close eye on them as they'll throw anything into a campfire to watch it burn.

Banning lighters that "look like toys" is truly a waste of legislative power, but then again it fits with their current track record for "waste".

Next on the list for lighters: Colorful ones and ones that are shiny and attract attention.

ksjayhawk74 8 years, 1 month ago

I hope this doesn't affect my pistol lighter. It's not really a novelty toy because it's an actual gun. There's a little switch on the bottom that you flip one way to light a cigarette and the other way to shoot bullets.

I think it should still be OK because it's just a gun, not a novelty toy.

Apollo Hernandez 8 years ago

When I was a kid I played with fire. I had all sorts of lighters. I enjoyed fire because it was strange and fascinating to me. I did not play with fire because of lighters having Cartoon Characters, a pair of dice, or lit up and made annoying noises. Changing the design on lighters will not stop the kids that want to play with fire from playing with it. On top of that, it seems unconstitutional. What's next?

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