Feb. 9, 1917

JACKSON COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES AGAINST CIGARETTES

The solid Jackson county delegation to the house of representatives voted for the anti-cigarette law, making it a crime to purchase or smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that they had received numerous letters and petitions against the measure from their constituents. Speeches in behalf of the measure were made by both Gore and Thomas.

The entire morning session was taken up in discussing the two bills relating to cigarettes. At first it appeared that Sweeney's bill had been sidetracked, as a motion to discuss the Stott bill, prohibiting youths from smoking cigarettes, prevailed and after some discussion on the Stott bill it passed by a vote of 35 to 25. A motion was made to table the Sweeney bill, but the motion was ruled out of order and the bill then came back up for discussion.

Charges and counter-charges were hurled from all sides, personalities were indulged in, and for a time it looked like the discussion would develop into a "free-for-all."

Stott opened the discussion for his bill, which also bore the names of Standfield and Kubli. He said he had received many complaints regarding the use of cigarettes by minors. He had therefore drafted the bill and it had been given the unanimous support of the committee on health and public morals. The bill provided that no cigarettes could lawfully be sold to any person under 21 years old, and carried a fine of from $50 to $250. It also makes it a misdemeanor for any minor to smoke cigarettes. It was fair, just, though severe measure, Stott continued, and would meet all the objections of the friends of Dr. Sweeney's bill.

Forbes said so far as he could remember he had never bought a package of cigarettes, but he did like a cigar once in a while, and personally he did not like to have anyone tell him he could not smoke when he wanted to.