The European Commission, in consultation with Member States, can ban products that pose a danger or health risks to consumers. Novelty lighters are currently banned from being placed on EU markets.
Novelty cigarette lighters
All importers, distributors and retailers of cigarette lighters must ensure that novelty lighters are not placed on the Irish market. They must also ensure that low-cost non-refillable lighters are child-resistant.
Novelty lighters can be attractive to young children and lead to accidents.
Any person who fails to comply with such a direction may be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of up to €3,000 and/or imprisonment for three months.
If you find one of these products for sale on the market, contact us with the details of the product and the retailer.