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aisyna's avatar

Do u have to be 18 in order to buy a lighter in texas?

Asked by aisyna (963points) July 2nd, 2008
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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

I don’t know, it has been mixed for me. At some places I can buy a whole packet of BIC lighters at a self-checkout, but sometimes if I go to a person they just say “I can’t sell you this”. Also the same thing with butane permanent lighters, sometimes I can buy one with butane at a gas station but other times I cannot. I guess it just depends, but with Zippos, you can buy the lighter but no lighter fluid.

marinelife's avatar

Yes, in most places.

From a press release about ConocoPhillips gas stations making an agreement with the attorneys general of 39 states (Note that the emphasis is mine.):

“Among the changes to be implemented at ConocoPhillips’ company-owned outlets are:

- changes in training and hiring of personnel
– age verification efforts and compliance with laws restricting sales to minors
– a prohibition on vending machines for cigarette sales
– restriction of tobacco sales to one area of the store
an age limitation on the sale of smoking paraphernalia
– various advertising restrictions.
Florida’s Charlie Crist and the other state attorneys general have previously reached agreements with several other major companies to limit tobacco sales, including all Wal-Mart and Walgreens stores and all gas stations and convenience stores operating under the Exxon, 7-Eleven and BP brand names. Combined, the agreements provide measures to reduce sales of tobacco products to minors by the nation’s top retail chain (Wal-Mart), number one drug store chain (Walgreens), largest oil company (ExxonMobil) and biggest retailer of tobacco products (7-Eleven).

The other 39 participating states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

bulbatron9's avatar

If you are in the Boy Scouts, just show them you “Fire Carrier Badge”


buster's avatar

@Bulba Its called your Firem’n Chit. When I was around 12 it as close the July 4th and i bought some bottle rockets in a convenience store store but they wouldn’t sell me a lighter.

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