In a bold and courageous move, the Oregon Legislature is outlawing dangerous novelty cigarette lighters that resemble toys. And you thought no tough decisions would be forthcoming. We no longer have to be concerned with poverty, homelessness, or civil rights violations. Those pesky lighters shall be no more in our state.
“As a former police officer and current firefighter, I’m happy to see we’re taking an active role in protecting our children and families from burn injury, death, and property loss,” explained Representative Greg Matthews (D-Gresham). “We cannot and should not wait any longer to get these dangerous products off the shelves.”
“The hard work done by the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Fire Safety Community has been thorough and extraordinary,” said Representative Paul Holvey (D-Eugene). “Their leadership on this critical issue has proven vital to the success of the bill.”
“If it’s predictable, it’s preventable,” said Randy Simpson, Oregon’s State Fire Marshal. “This bill gives us the ability to prevent the fire danger these lighters pose to children, families, and communities.”
Banning the sale of dangerous toys, including toy-like novelty lighters, is part of the Oregon House Democrats’ 2009 Roadmap for Oregon’s Future.