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As of June 2, 2009, Oregon law prohibits the sale, manufacturing, importing, or distribution of novelty/toylike lights within the state of Oregon.
What are They?
Many of the novelty/toylike lighters look like animals, miniature cars, music instruments, game pieces, and other toys and have audio or visual effects that make them appealing to children less than 10 years of age.
These novelty lighters are dangerous because many children are unable to tell the difference between a toy and a novelty lighter. By prohibiting their sale, children will be protected from a dangerous instrument that could encourage curiosity and invite unintentional misuse.
Examples of Prohibited Novelty/Toylike Lighters:
Below are photos of prohibited novelty/toylike lighters. Please note this is not a complete photo gallery of all prohibited novelty lighters.
Click here for more photos of prohibited novelty/toylike lighters.
Are there any Exceptions?
There are three exceptions to the Oregon Law (2009 House Bill 2365):
What are the Civil Penalties?
*Violators may be fined separately for each day they sell novelty/toylike lighters.
For additional and more specific information on the rules and laws, visit the Oregon State Police – Office of State Fire Marshal’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/LP_NTLL_Program.shtml or by phone at (503) 934-8264 or (503) 934-8285.
October 26, 2009