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Novelty cigarette lighters banned

The European Commission is banning the sale of novelty cigarette lighters. Any novelty lighters or lighters which appeal to children will be prohibited, as well as lighters which are not child-resistant. Anyone found importing or selling the lighters will be guilty of an offence.

The European Commission Decision (2008/322/EC), requires Member States to take measures to:

  • Ensure that only lighters which are child-resistant are supplied to consumers as of 11 May 2008
  • Prohibit the placing on the market of novelty or child appealing lighters
  • Prohibit the sale to consumers of non child-resistant, novelty or child appealing lighters

Anyone importing, distributing or retailing cigarette lighters should ensure that

  • Low cost non refillable lighters are child resistant
  • All novelty or child appealing lighters are prohibited from being placed on the Irish market.

The National Consumer Agency has responsibility for implementing the Commission decision in Ireland and is working with the Customs authorities to put the ban in place. Any operator not complying with the decision can be issued a direction by the National Consumer Agency. Any person who fails to comply with such a direction may be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €3,000 and/or imprisonment for three months.

Read more details of the Commission Decision