Oregon Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes, Measure 12 (1926)

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The Oregon Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes Act, also known as Measure 12, was on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have required retailers to pay an excise tax upon the sale of tobacco smoking products.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 12 (1926)
Defeatedd No123,20866.43%
Yes 62,254 33.57%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referred Bill - Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

Referred by the Oregon Retail Cigar Dealers Association, 734 Morgan building, Portland, Oregon; Oscar T. Olsen, secretary and treasurer, 408 East Fiftieth street, Portland, Oregon; Edward G. Gavin, president, 867 East Yamhill street, Portland, Oregon; W. G. Keady, 983 Stephens street, Portland, Oregon; A. E. Melin, box 373E, route 6, Portland, Oregon; J. H. Oliver, 715 East Sixteenth street north, Portland, Oregon; S. S. Rich, 666 Flanders street, Portland, Oregon - CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO TAX BILL - Purpose: To require retail dealers in cigarettes, cigarette papers, wrappers, tubes, smoking tobacco and snuff to pay an excise tax to the state upon the sale of such articles and to attach to every package thereof tax stamps purchased from the state as evidence of such payment, when or before selling the same, the proceeds to go into the general fund of the state, and to require such dealers to procure licenses from the county clerks before transacting such business, the counties retaining half of such license money, the state receiving the remainder.
Vote YES or NO.

322. Yes, I vote for the proposed law

323. No, I vote against the proposed law


Path to the ballot

Measure 12 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Oregon Retail Cigar Dealers Association on March 2, 1925.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.