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Oregon Tax on Cigarettes, Measure 5 (1942)

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The Oregon Tax on Cigarettes Bill, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 3, 1942 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have levied a one-tenth of one cent tax on selling, handling or distributing a cigarette.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (1942)
Defeatedd No127,36653.51%
Yes 110,643 46.49%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

CIGARETTE TAX BILL - Purpose: Levies tax on selling, using, consuming, handling or distributing cigarettes, of one-tenth of one cent for each cigarette if sold for not over one cent each, or twenty per cent of retail price if higher; wholesalers required to purchase from state tax commission and immediately affix tax stamps to all cigarettes; retailers similarly required to stamp cigarettes not already stamped upon receiving them; provides regulations for administration and enforcement and penalties for violations of the act. After paying administration expenses, one-sixth of net revenue placed in fund for vocational training, five-sixths in public assistance fund administered by public welfare commission.
Vote YES or NO

308. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

309. No. I vote against the proposed law.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 19, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.