Collectible cigarette lighters exempted from new law in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Nearly two dozen new state statutes take effect in Lousiana with the start of the new year. Some are arcane or technical changes to existing laws while others are more sweeping.

One of the new statutes prohibits the sale of novelty cigarette lighters. An exemption has been written into the statute, however, that exempts cigarette lighters manufactured before 1980, which are considered collectibles.

Violators could be fined up to $250.

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