Disposable cigarette lighters

The mandatory standard prescribes the requirements for child resistance, labelling and testing and performance of disposable lighters.

About cigarette lighters

The mandatory standard for disposable cigarette lighters includes:

  • all disposable cigarette lighters
  • novelty lighters
  • cheap refillable lighters with an import value of less than $5.00 (AUD).

The mandatory standard prescribes the requirements for

  • child resistance
  • labelling
  • testing and performance

There is also a permanent ban on toy-like novelty cigarette lighters.

Hazards

Lighters can cause serious burns or serious injuries if they:

  • leak
  • spit and splutter
  • produce an unsafe flame
  • have sharp edges
  • spontaneously ignite
  • spontaneously explode.

Mandatory standard

The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Regulations 1997  sets out requirements for disposable cigarette lighters.

Regulation Impact Statement - Disposable Cigarette Lighters [ pdf (38.61 KB) ]

Key requirements

These requirements provide an overview of the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Child resistance

  • All lighters must meet requirements for child resistance.
  • Lighters must have a device which stops small children from accidently operating the lighter.
  • Such devices may include:
    • a button that must be activated before it can work
    • a release catch that enables the spark wheel to be used
    • or a metal guard that must be pressed firmly in order to rotate the spark wheel.

Labelling

Lighters must be permanently marked with the name of the manufacturer/distributor and the warning, "KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN" or "KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN".

Lighters sold in packages at retail outlets must also carry warning labeling on the packaging.

Testing

The mandatory standard includes features you can visually check and specifies testing to ensure disposable cigarette lighters meet performance requirements.  Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories.

Performance

The standard requires disposable cigarette lighters to meet performance requirements including:

  • flame heights
  • splitting and spluttering
  • non-hazardous burning behaviour
  • flame extinction
  • resistance to damage when dropped
  • resistance to internal pressure.

Compliance

To comply with the mandatory standard you must meet all the design and construction (child resistance), performance testing and safety labelling requirements.

The standard requires disposable cigarette lighters to:

  • be tested in accordance with the protocols set out in the American Standard – Consumer Product Safety Standard for Cigarette Lighters (16 CFR 1210) section 1210.4 (the American Standard)
  • comply with certain performance requirements for flame testing, structural integrity in design and warning labelling.

Before importing into Australia, the standard also requires disposable cigarette lighters to either:

  • have a certificate of compliance for child resistance issued in accordance with the American Standard
  • or a statutory declaration stating that a certificate of compliance has been issued.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.