Novelty lighters which are lighters that look like toys may soon be illegal in the Bay State. The Boston Globe reports that a novelty lighters ban was passed and signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. Massachusetts will be the 14th state to ban novelty lighters. The law is expected to take effect in November. The law is intended to protect against accidental fires started by children. There will be an exemption for collectible lighters made before 1980.
Governor Deval Patrick told reporters: "Massachusetts now joins 13 other states in an effort to strengthen public safety, particularly the well-being of our children. This law will save lives by eliminating the kinds of lighters that have been involved in accidental fires and tragic deaths around the country."