Lighters are small items that can cause serious burn injuries if misused. We explain how old you have to be to buy lighters, who can sell lighters to you and the safety rules that should be followed whenever you use any type of lighter. If you’re a smoker and over 18 years old, you can buy lighters. The age at which you can legally purchase a lighter varies by state, province and country.
What are the legalities?
The sale of lighters is legal to anyone over 18 in most states. In some states, the age requirement is 21.
The type of lighter that is illegal to sell is the novelty lighter, such as a gun-shaped lighter or one that looks like a grenade. These are illegal to sell because they attract children.
If you have a novelty lighter for sale, it would be best not to display it where children can see it or have access to it.
How old do you have to be to buy lighters?
If you ask this question, you are probably a teenager or have one in your house. But the fact is that this is an excellent question for parents of teenagers to ask and know the answer to. There are specific laws about what age teens can purchase tobacco products and lighters in some states. I know that many parents think that teens will find a way around these laws, but some research shows this isn’t necessarily true.
In most states, it’s illegal for anyone under 18 years old to buy cigarettes or other tobacco products and lighters. There are some exceptions, however. In some states, teens between the ages of 16 and 18 can purchase these items with written parental consent. In other states, these items can be sold to minors if they are used “in connection with lawful employment.” This means workers can use them in restaurants where smoking is still allowed. Of course, it’s important to note that selling these items to minors without authorization is also against the law in most states.
How old do you have to be to buy lighters in the US?
In the United States, you must be 18 years of age or older to purchase cigarettes, rolling papers, tobacco products and lighters at a retail store. You must be 21 years of age or older to buy e-cigarettes, vape pens or other vaping devices from a retail store.
How old do you have to be to buy lighters in the UK?
You have to be 18+ to buy lighters in the UK.
In the UK, it is illegal to sell any product that contains alcohol or flammable liquids or any product with a metal component to anyone under the age of 18. This includes lighters and items such as glue and nail polish remover.
Lighters and other products can not be sold in vending machines, even if accompanied by an adult.
The minimum age for buying lighters is 16 in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Who can sell lighters to me?
As many of us have learned, lighters can be handy. They’re not only suitable for lighting fires and candles but also for lighting other things in your house on fire. But who knows where to find these excellent little devices?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a handy list of all the places that sell lighters.
- Food 4 Less
- Trader Joe’s
What safety rules should I follow when buying and using a lighter?
Whether you are using a lighter for cooking, lighting a candle, or even smoking, you should always follow these safety rules:
- When buying a lighter, ensure that you buy one with a childproofing mechanism.
- If your lighter is refillable, ensure that the refilling valve is not clogged before refilling it.
- Ensure that you keep your lighters out of reach of children.
- Remember never to keep the lighter near flammable things such as papers or clothes as they can catch fire easily.
- Never allow children to play with lighters as they do not understand the dangers associated with them. They may get hurt or injured by accidentally igniting the lighter while playing with it.
- Always dispose of the used lighters safely or place them in a container where children cannot access them quickly and cause themselves injuries by igniting them.
- Never leave a flame burning unattended. This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you have children or pets, make sure to only use your lighter in areas where it can be monitored.
Summary: How old do you have to be to buy lighters?
Many states require purchasers of lighters to be of a certain age, depending on the state and lighter type. In most cases, you must be 18 years old to buy any lighter. However, you cannot buy a cigarette lighter if you are fewer than 18. You can still get lighter if you are under 18 but over 16, as long as it has an on-off lid or a fuse that can be found and removed.