|Public Act 096-1174|
|HB5139 Enrolled||LRB096 16501 DRJ 34420 b|
AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Sale and Distribution of Novelty Lighters Prohibition Act.
The General Assembly finds that
novelty lighters have features that are attractive to children,
including visual effects, flashing lights, musical sounds, and
toy-like designs. Thousands of novelty lighters have been
recalled because of the danger they present to public safety.
The setting of fires by juveniles has been identified as the
fastest growing fire threat in the United States, with more
than 300 people killed annually, 30% of whom are children, and
almost $1 billion in property has been destroyed.
For the purposes of this Act,
"novelty lighter" means a mechanical or electrical device
typically used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes that
is designed to resemble a cartoon character, toy, gun, watch,
musical instrument, vehicle,
animal, food or beverage, or
similar articles, or that plays musical notes, or has flashing
lights, or has other entertaining features. A novelty lighter
may operate on any fuel,
including butane, isobutene, or liquid