in minnesota do you have to be 18 to buy a lighter?

Not Legal Advice: There is no mention of an age limit in buying a "lighter" in the state of Minnesota.

According to Minnesota Statutes, a person under the age of 18 years is prohibited from possessing or reporting an explosive device or incendiary device.

"Explosive device" means a device so articulated that an ignition by fire, friction, concussion, chemical reaction, or detonation of any part of the device may cause such sudden generation of highly heated gases that the resultant gaseous pressures are capable of producing destructive effects. Explosive devices include, but are not limited to, bombs, grenades, rockets having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, mines, and fireworks modified for other than their intended purpose. The term includes devices that produce a chemical reaction that produces gas capable of bursting its container and producing destructive effects. The term does not include firearms ammunition.

"Incendiary device" means a device so articulated that an ignition by fire, friction, concussion, detonation, or other method may produce destructive effects primarily through combustion rather than explosion. The term does not include a manufactured device or article in common use by the general public that is designed to produce combustion for a lawful purpose, including but not limited to matches, lighters, flares, or devices commercially manufactured primarily for the purpose of illumination, heating, or cooking. The term does not include firearms ammunition.

Of interest, American Cancer Society's record shows that in the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 480,000 early deaths each year. It accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths, causing 87% of lung cancer deaths in men, and 70% of lung cancer deaths in women.

Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary (mucinous), and acute myeloid leukemia.

Each year, about 3,400 non-smoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke. Each year secondhand smoke also causes about 42,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are not current smokers.

Get more facts and statistics on tobacco use and related cancers at American Cancer Society's official website.

Are you one of the more than 70% of smokers who want to quit? Then try following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advice on how to quit smoking.

Wednesday, August 09 2017