Should novelty lighters be banned?
According to the Associated Press, "Novelty lighters can look like anything from tiny skateboards and cell phones to farm animals and butterflies. Some light up or make noises, including the tiny green frog that elicits a "ribbit" when its flame is ignited."
The fire marshals are concerned that children, and even adults, can be burned by the lighters because it's hard to figure out how they work and they resemble toys.
Another concern I have is that associating cute animals and skateboards with smoking may send the wrong message to kids. In 1997, RJ Reynolds stopped using Joe Camel as a mascot for its products after Congress put pressure on the company due to similar concerns. I know: lighters aren't cigarettes, but that's their primary use.