Governor Barbour signs ban on toylike lighters

JACKSON, MS (AP) – Cigarette lighters that look like toys would be banned, under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour.

The law takes effect July 1 and prohibits the sale of novelty lighters.

Supporters of the bill say the devices endanger children’s safety.

The lighters can look like anything from toy frogs to tiny guitars. Many are sized to fit comfortably into toddlers’ hands.