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The EU bans Zippo lighters

Yes, really

"On 11 May 2006, the Commission adopted a Decision requiring Member States to ensure that, from 11 March 2007, cigarette lighters are child-resistant when placed on the EU market. The Decision also prohibits the placing on the market of lighters which resemble objects that are particularly attractive to children; so-called Novelty Lighters. Certain lighters, such as luxury lighters, are excluded from the scope of the Decision based on a number of technical criteria, but must anyway comply with the general safety requirements for these products. In short this means that from 11 March 2007":

Cigarette lighters placed on the EU market must be child resistant
(With the exception of lighters which are sold with a 2 year written guarantee, are refillable and can be repaired by a European-based after-sales service). (My emphasis).

Now as is commonly known, Zippo lighters have a lifetime guarantee, and to get one's Zippo fixed, one sends it to Zippo Repair Clinic, 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, PA 16701 United States of America.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, lucky Pennsylvanians, is not part of the EU.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:50 pm

I don't know how you people stand it. It is absolutely astounding how much power they have removed from the citizenry in a mere 50 years. And it will get much worse, because there are adults now who have never known freedom of choice and who are accustomed to having their private lives dictated by unelected nomenklatura and apparachiks.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:04 pm

I do wonder quite how quickly the handcart is travelling sometimes.

Having done further nosing around, it looks as though Zippo has repair facilities in the UK, but the broader point stands, I think.  

Blogger James Higham said... 6:13 am

The money, the time wastage, the dead trees - it's heartbreaking.  

Blogger Tim Worstall said... 9:51 am

Yup, UK service, I've used it.  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:54 am

Staggering C !!.. and I have no dout that your fans in the media will be following you on this one .

We need Zippos , how else are to satisfyingly to set light to the rag which we toss into a room containing the bureaucrats and a a lot of petrol ?

Be reasonable  

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