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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
September 22, 1994
Release # 94-138

R.J. Reynolds Recalls "Camel Metal Match" Cigarette Lighters

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is working with R.J. Reynolds of Winston- Salem, N.C., which recalled yesterday about two million "Camel Metal Match" cigarette lighters that were distributed as part of a cigarette promotion. Use of the lighter may result in burn injuries.

To date, R.J. Reynolds has received 17 reports from across the country that adults have been burned while using the lighters.

R. J. Reynolds began distribution of the lighters, which were supplied by CVA Inc., in August. The lighter, which resembles a small pack of Camel cigarettes, was included for free with two packs of Camel cigarettes in a blue box labelled "Camel Metal Match. Free with 2-Pack Purchase."

Consumers should stop using the lighter immediately, dispose of it, or return any and all of their free lighters to R.J. Reynolds for one $5 incentive refund check. To receive information about the recall, instructions for returning the lighters, and to order a postage paid mailer, call R.J. Reynolds at 1-800-887-4579 between 7 a.m. and midnight EST, Monday through Friday, or write Camel Metal Match Returns, P.O. Box 7, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27102.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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