Fabian Demicoli

Ban on dangerous cigarette lighters maintained

Children risk
injury and even death from fires caused by novelty cigarette lighters and
cigarette lighters which are not child resistant. For this reason the EU has
extended the ban of such lighters until 11 May 2015.

The aim is to protect
children across the EU from the dangers that arise from the misuse of cigarette
lighters. In the meantime, the relevant European standardisation organisation,
CEN, is continuing to work on a suitable European standard for determining the
child resistance of lighters. This standard will be based on technical
parameters rather than the use of child panels which are considered to be too
burdensome. A further prolongation of the ban is possible in the future if
necessary.

For
further information: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/prod_legis/prod_legislation_lighters_en.htm

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