Council To Consider Novelty Lighter Ban

by Gabe Bullard on March 9, 2009

The Louisville Metro Council will vote this week on an ordinance that would ban the sale of novelty lighters.

The ordinance unanimously passed the bipartisan public safety committee last week and the sponsor Mary Woolridge expects it to pass the full council Thursday.

Woolridge says she proposed the ordinance because the uniquely-shaped cigarette lighters often appeal to children.

“Anybody would think they were a toy. I would think it was a toy, no doubt you would too because that’s what they look like,” she says. “They have sounds, they have lights, they’re just as cute as they can be, but they’re dangerous, they’re hazardous and we just need to ban them.”

A similar ban has also been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. Several other cities and states have made the sale of novelty lighters illegal. Opponents say this is a matter that should be handled by parents and not the government.

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Isabella March 21, 2009 at 12:57 am

Why instead don’t they ban irresponsible parents, and let me, a 36 year old adult, keep buying my cute novelty lighters. >_> (note: I have a small collection) I’ve heard the arguments, they look like toys, blahblah… whatever!

What this bill essentially does is tell parents they are not responsible for their child’s actions, and reinforces the notion that it’s the government’s duty to wrap the world in bubble wrap so the parents can continue to ignore what their children are doing.

kinda like how we survived several generations so far of metal playground equipment, and in the process learned that if you screw around, there are consequences. Now everyplace has to have soft antibacterial utterly safe and often boring gym sets…

When i was 3 i grabbed a bug spray can off a picnic table and squirted myself in the eyes, still vividly remember this, and you know what? I didn’t go around messing with things my parents told me not to touch anymore. Now days some rightious parent will probably call for the banning of spray cans and actually get it passed rather than actually fess up to failure as a guardian.

Personally I believe “Its for the children” should not be good enough excuse alone for passing laws (as if we don’t already have enough pointless non inforcible laws) and wish people would realize what this and similar laws actually are is an easy way for politicians to give the illusion they are actually doing something worthwhile.

Sure you want to make guidelines for where the lighters may be placed on store shelves or sold, go ahead. Thats quite logical they should not be within a child’s reach in stores or homes. But otherwise if your kid is playing with a ‘toy’ that you yourself did not give them and you ignore it, or if you did give it to them without first checking to see if it might present some hazard, then it’s your fault.

2cents … !( ¬_¬)ノ☆( °_ 。)

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