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Oregon Cigarette Stamp Tax, Measure 12 (1952)

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The Oregon Cigarette Stamp Tax Act, also known as Measure 12, was on the November 4, 1952 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have imposed 1.5 cents tax on each ten cigarettes sold, consumed, handled or distributed by any person.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 12 (1952)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No413,13763.92%
Yes 233,226 36.08%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

CIGARETTE STAMP TAX REVENUE ACT - Purpose: To provide revenue for state general fund by imposing tax of 1 1/2 cents for each ten cigarettes or major fraction thereof, for privilege of selling, using, consuming, handling, possessing or distributing cigarettes by any person, on or after October 1, 1951. Exempts cigarettes sold to United States to or by voluntary unincorporated organizations of armed forces thereof. Exempts use of 400 cigarettes or less, brought into state or in possession of any person. Tax commission to administer act; collect tax; license wholesale dealers; control retailers; prescribe procedure for issuing stamps; enforce penalties and confiscate illegally possessed cigarettes.

(ESTIMATE OF REVENUE - The tax imposed by this measure would produce approximately $4,980,000 annually, which would be subject to appropriation by the Legislature for general state purposes.)
Vote YES or NO


322. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

323. No. I vote against the proposed law.


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