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75 years ago

President Heber J. Grant spoke about laws of health and safety as he opened the 35th-annual MIA conference on June 6, 1930, according to that day's issue of the Deseret News.

President Grant spoke after a standing vote of the approximately 3,000 delegates at the conference in "support of four definite projects designed to combat the growing tobacco, liquor and safety evils," according to the article.

The article listed the four projects: "First, to study and know the laws regulating tobacco, liquor and safety and to be intelligently informed on the problems being confronted; second, to observe these laws ourselves; third, to co-operate with officers in the strict enforcement of these laws and fourth, to do all we can to get others to do the same."

Continuing, the article reported that President Grant said that "more than anything else in the world, the cigaret destroys the moral fibre." He said that it leads to youth deceiving their parents and straying from the right path.

About the law of prohibition in the U.S., President Grant said it was a success because it led many people to reform their lives and it also often led to financial benefits.

He spoke out against careless driving, which he said was leading to a death rate from automobile accidents that was "appalling," often related to the drinking of liquor.

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