Stores Selling Banned Lighters That Look Like Toys

Sunday, May 8, 2011  |  Updated 3:46 PM CDT
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Stores Selling Banned Lighters That Look Like Toys

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A newspaper has found that some Chicago stores still are selling novelty cigarette lighters even though they were banned in Illinois last year.

The Chicago Tribune says it was able to buy lighters that appeared to violate state law at six stores and a distributor.

The lighters were banned because they look like toys _ including a miniature submarine and a plastic gun with blue and red flashing lights. Fire safety experts say children can't always tell that the lighters aren't toys.

In a story published Sunday, most store owners and managers said they didn't know about the law and would remove the lighters.

Some legislators and fire officials say enforcement by state and local agencies must improve.

Thirteen other states also ban novelty lighters but there's no national ban.

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