Yes, it's required by my druthers.If I might suggest...I consider the lighter a required tool.
As with all tools, you get what you pay for.
I assure you, 5 lighters at$20 does not equal one good lighter at $100.
And, yes, you get what you pay for, but for $100 + lighters, you're talking fit and finish, perhaps name value, and hopefully durability. I have three lighters for $25 each, all of which perform just fine. Yet, I prefer my Old Boy and Kabutos for looks and feel. YMMV.
For a low budget smoker and esp. a newbie, I think BICs fill the bill until they've had more experience and/or disposable income.