Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report – Cyclical Enforcement Project: Lighters Regulations 2015-2016

Cyclical Enforcement Project: Lighters Regulations


Fiscal Year 2015/2016

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it. 

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify compliance of non-luxury lighters which are subject to the Lighters Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select non-luxury lighters with the Lighters Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance to the requirements listed under the Regulations was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to quantify the presence of non-luxury lighters stakeholders in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies. 

Over the course of the 2015/16 fiscal year, testing of seven different products was carried out. The testing resulted in one stop sale, one stop distribution, two commitments to address non-compliance and three instances where no corrective action was required.

Readers should consult the individual recall notices, as applicable, for details of any products subject to enforcement action.

Brand >Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
BIC Maxi Lighter BIC Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Cricket Cricket Lighter Scandinavian Tobacco Group Canada Inc. No compliance issues detected None
K-Lite K-Lite Lighter KDC International Did not meet the flame height and duration requirement Commitment by KDC International
Linse Linse Lighter Station 420 Compliance certificate not provided to Health Canada within the required 15 days Stop distribution by Station 420
Major Flint Lighter X-Lite Canada Inc. Did not meet the flame height and duration requirement Commitment by X-Lite Canada Inc.
Slick Slick Superfuel Lighter Yanyan Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Unknown Torch Lighters Loonie Star & Gift Did not meet the labeling requirements Stop sale by Loonie Star & Gift

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed.  Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwisestated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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