November 21, 1973


Release # 73-042

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 22) -- The Consolidated Cigar Corporation's Allied Products Division and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today warned consumers to immediately discontinue use of the "Rogers Disposable adjustable butane lighter."

The action was taken because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the lighters have a potential for a flame of over one foot and do not extinguish automatically if dropped.

Over 3 million "Rogers Disposable adjustable butane lighters" have been sold since August 1972. They retail for $1.29 and are sold in a variety of colors. The lighter has a small circular depression on the bottom with raised letters "Poppell--Made in Holland."

Consolidated Cigar said that there have been several reports of injuries and explosions associated with use of the lighters.

The company -- U.S. distributor of the lighters -- said it is asking all retailers and wholesalers to stop sales of the lighters. It said it will contact them with instructions for return.

The company said arrangements are being made to reimburse consumers and retailers for all returned lighters. And it asked consumers to return the "Rogers Disposable adjustable butane lighters" to retail outlets from which they were purchased.