Friday, July 01, 2005

Cigarette lighters


Re-Solv has received increasing numbers of reports about the use of cigarette lighters. The reports frequently mention that the tops of the lighters have been damaged, presumably so that the gas escapes faster.

Each lighter contains perhaps 5ml of butane compared to 200ml in the average gas lighter refill and so it is more likely to be associated with young people experimenting than long term users. Cigarette lighters do not come under the “Cigarette Gas Lighter Refill (Safety) Regulations 1999” and so they are probably more available to young people who can purchase them from markets at five for a pound.
The St Georges Mortality figures state that in 2001 there was evidence that three deaths were associated with disposable cigarette lighters containing butane.