In addition to smoking being prohibited from the aircraft, many airports
are now banning smoking from all but a few places.
That being said, I do not see a good cause to still allow passengers to bring books of matches or lighters onboard of an aircraft. Even more so after that Richard Reid incident.
From what I've heard, the FAA put lighters and books of matches on their list of prohibited items but the administration removed them after the tobacco industry intervened. http://www.andrewtobias.com/newcolumns/020710.html
Regardless of the reputation (or lack thereof - pick one) of Michael Moore, I just dont see why lighters are still allowed as a carry item - not only in the US of course, but also in Europe.