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
  • certain refillable lighters.

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.

Mandatory standard

The Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019 sets out the mandatory requirements for the supply of disposable cigarette lighters.

Disposable cigarette lighters are flame producing devices that are:

  • designed to light cigarettes, cigars and pipes and
  • designed to be discarded when its fuel supply is exhausted, or incorporate a separate container of fuel that is designed to be discarded when empty, or be refillable with fuel and
  • is not a refillable repairable lighter within the meaning of the European Standard if the device is designed to be refillable

The mandatory standard allows compliance with either of the:

The mandatory standard also provides a transitional period which allows compliance with the previous Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Regulations 1997 until 13 February 2020.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

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 labelling 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.

Transition period

This mandatory standard includes a 12 month transition period to assist with the transition to the new mandatory standard.

Up to 13 February 2020, suppliers have the option to comply with the requirements from either:

  • the Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019, or
  • Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Regulations 1997.

From 13 February 2020 suppliers must only comply with the requirements of the Consumer Goods (Disposable Cigarette Lighters) Safety Standard 2019.

More information is available in the Explanatory Statement available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.