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No support. All it really does is add an unnecessary step of work. Plus, if you put out a torch irl, it doesn't explode into its base components. This would also bring the implication that torches in your inventory are list, making their appearance when you have one in your hand kind of odd. Also, implying that you have lit torches in your pocket/backpack/whatever.
Early on it was Mojang's intention to make torches go out over time, with a lantern block intended to be introduced as a permanent light source. The idea was ultimately abandoned. Sure this was in the Notch era, but still I doubt they'd be interested in implementing even a vaguely similar kind of mechanism now.