Firefighters Applaud NY's Ban on Novelty Lighters

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By Joseph Spector, Gannett Albany Bureau

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill banning the sale of novelty lighters that is supported by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

The bill bans the sale and distribution of lighters that are disguised and can look like toys to children. These lighters are linked to deaths and injuries, Gannett's Ashley Hupfl reports.

"Too frequently these lighters end up in children's hands because of their toy-like qualities, often times with devastating results. Banning these items will go a long way towards keeping New Yorkers safe and preventing senseless tragedies," FASNY President James Burns said in a press release.

The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Jack Martins and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and was supported by FASNY, an organization that represents more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in the state.

In addition to New York, 14 other states have banned novelty lighters.

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