ALBANY, N.Y. -- Those novelty lighters at checkout counters that look like guns, cars, toys, tiny fire extinguishers and even SpongeBob SquarePants are being snuffed out in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that prohibits the sale of the items often displayed near cash registers at convenience stores, hardware stores and other retailers. The lighters range from small toy-like bodies with whistles and buzzers to larger M-16 military rifle replicas. Others are lighters that are part of wrist watches or play music or flash lights.

(H/T Charles WT)