The Curse of the White Lighter

I’ve been known to partake of illicit flowering plants here and there for many a moon and this one is new to me.

Apparently white Bic lighters are accursed objects and have brought ill tidings to many a (gullible) pothead thanks to their purported popularity among dead rock stars.

The Curse of the White Lighter's Victims

The Curse of the White Lighter’s Victims

Mythpuffers sets the record straight:

While many of you may have never thought twice about the iconic BIC lighters available around the world at every drug store, bodega, and gas station, some of you paranoid stoners are probably familiar with the infamous curse of the white lighter.

In brief, there is somewhat of a cultural stigma against white lighters due to the fact that a large enough portion of pot smokers believes the innocuous devices are the cause of bad luck that encompasses run-ins with the law and even death in some cases. While these feelings are most likely grounded in superstition and paranoia, this week’s MythPuffers will examine the plausibility of the curse of the white lighter.

Although there are several hypotheses as to the origins of the curse of the white lighter, the most notorious is undoubtedly the lighter’s connection to the deaths of three left-handed rock stars in the first years of the 1970s. While the infamous “27 Club” is a whole other can of worms, it has been rumored that white lighters are inextricably linked to three of the club’s members—Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

As the story goes the three musicians died of drug overdoses on separate occasions and, according to autopsy reports, white lighters were found on each of the scenes. While it may seem eerie that three prolific, left-handed musicians died with white lighters in their pockets, there is absolutely no way this is possible considering that disposable BIC lighters were introduced in 1973 and Hendrix and Joplin passed away in 1970 followed by Morrison in 1971.

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