Although it will take an act of Congress (literally), the head of the TSB has proposed lifting the ban on lighters carried onboard US domestic aircraft. He stated the inspectors are spending far too much time looking for lighters when they should be looking for silly things like bombs and weapons.
I am a smoker and hate that I have to trash something I paid for LEGALLY just to avoid delays at security. Moreover it does seem stupid at best to spend so much time and effort looking for something that has no relevent risk to others.
Just a thought.