There are a few new laws taking effect on October 1, 2022. One that speaks to me is CT PA 22-12, which is an Act concerning counterfeit and unsafe lighters in Connecticut.

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Yay, I'll never have to eat the .99 cents I drop on a "Bik" lighter from the Handy Stop on Highland Ave in Waterbury again. Boo, I won't be able to buy the cool Ronnie James Dio lighter I saw at the CT Horror Fest? How did this Act come about? Has there been a lot of explosive cheap lighter accidents? Has our lust for fire pits and S'mores created an underground hazardous fire pit lighter market?

Crappy lighters are sold everywhere in Connecticut, I've purchased them at independent convenience/grocery stores, smoke & vape shops, flea markets, etc. I knew what I was buying, the mass-produced knockoffs are obviously the cheapest, and the brand names like Bic and Djeep run a couple of bucks or more. As of October 1, 2022, PA 22-12 will address this situation.

Connecticut PA 22-12 prohibits offering or selling a counterfeit or unsafe lighter in Connecticut. Under the act, a "counterfeit lighter" is defined as "a lighter that infringes on the intellectual property rights of a US citizen or entity protected by federal or state intellectual property law."

We've all seen the knock-offs in the neighborhood Dollar store, Hamsung televisions for $38, and Draft macaroni & cheese for 49 cents. If you've been injured by a shoddy lighter, PA 22-12 allows any person aggrieved by a violation of the act to bring a civil action in Superior Court to recover damages from the person who is alleged to have committed the violation.

Flick the Bic, not the Bik.

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