Cigarette Prohibition 1895 – 1927

Frank Davis

In case you thought that smoking bans are anything new: US and Canadian cigarette prohibition 1895 – 1927 excerpts (H/T Harley):

In 1903, the Canadian Parliament passed a resolution to prohibit the manufacture, importation, and sale of cigarettes. Fifteen states in the United States banned the sale of cigarettes and 37 states considered prohibitory legislation…

Contrary to what is happening today, the anti-smoking episode that we
chronicle has been mostly overlooked, no doubt due to the greater attention
paid to the prohibitions of alcohol that were occurring at the same time. The
temperance reformers saw drinking and smoking as a combination of reckless
behavior and moral weakness. In their pursuit of a good society, they
asked the state to protect people against themselves…

Cigarette prohibition was special interest regulation, but its proponents
were not seeking to redistribute wealth in the usual way. It was the means
by which a group…

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