Maine Revised Statutes

§2467. Retail sale and distribution of novelty lighters prohibited

1. Definition.   For purposes of this section, "novelty lighter" means a mechanical or electrical device typically used for lighting cigarettes, cigars or pipes that is designed to appear to be a toy, feature a flashing light or make musical sounds. "Novelty lighter" does not include:
A. A lighter manufactured prior to January 1, 1980; [2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW).]
B. A lighter incapable of being fueled or lacking a device necessary to produce combustion or a flame; or [2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW).]
C. Any mechanical or electrical device primarily used to ignite fuel for fireplaces or for charcoal or gas grills. [2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Prohibition; penalty.   A person may not sell at retail, offer for retail sale or distribute for retail sale or promotion in this State a novelty lighter. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $500 may be imposed.
[ 2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Exception.   The prohibition specified in subsection 2 does not apply to the transportation of novelty lighters through this State or the storage of novelty lighters in a warehouse or distribution center in this State that is closed to the public for purposes of retail sales.
[ 2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Enforcement.   This section may be enforced by the State Fire Marshal's Office; a state, county or municipal law enforcement officer; or a municipal code enforcement officer.
[ 2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW) .]
2007, c. 510, §1 (NEW).