Group Wants to Ban Novelty Lighters

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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Group Wants to Ban Novelty Lighters

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

Lighters in the shape of guns and other toys have firemen associations across the state and the consumer advocate group New York Public Interest Research worried.

They want them off the shelves and they're pushing for a bill in the state senate to make it happen.

Why?

They claim the lighters are getting into the wrong hands.

It's something Andy Driscoll manager of signals tobacco shop on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation has seen first hand.

Even though children can't buy the lighters, they're attracted to them and the consequences have been deadly already.

Back in 2007 two young boys in Arkansas died after setting fire to their apartment with a gun shaped lighter.

The lighters are also popular with the college crowd.

Fires started by juveniles are the fastest growing fire threat in the U.S.

Over the past 17 years the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled thousands of these novelty lighters calling them a public safety threat.

They're already banned in 14 states whether this new bill is adopted in New York State remains to be seen.

On January 9th the bill was sent to the state Consumer Protection committee.