In dit UPI commentaar analyseert Joe Bob de redenen waarom men in de VS op zo’n speciale manier omgaat met het herinneren van burgers aan rookverboden. Het kan niet gewoon met “Roken Verboden”, schrijft de commentator, maar er moet uitgebreid op allerhande subtiele manieren juist op dit verbod worden gehamerd, terwijl er zoveel meer zaken verboden zijn.
When you walk through Seattle’s airport, even in the middle of the night, a de-sexed disembodied male voice informs you that “Sea-Tac Airport is a smoke-free facility. Your cooperation is appreciated.” This will be repeated several times before you’re allowed to retrieve your luggage and escape.
Lemme point out something here: we already knew that. We didn’t arrive in Seattle thinking, “Hmmmm, there don’t appear to be any 80-decibel public address announcements warning against smoking like a Communist Commissar with a bullhorn. I guess we can LIGHT ONE UP.”
In other words, this law has been singled out for some reason. It’s the ONLY law that’s consistently drummed into our subconscious, almost like the continuously played propaganda tapes of the communists and fascists. It’s intended to penetrate at some subliminal level: “There shall be no smoking,” “We forbid smoking,” “Do not smoke,” “Smoking is forbidden,” and “Smokers will be prosecuted.” On Delta Airlines they even have an announcement that goes, “Smoking is forbidden on this OR ANY OTHER Delta flight.” It’s not enough for us to be told not to smoke. We need to be reminded that there is no one smoking anywhere else in the entire worldwide Delta system. On New Jersey Transit trains, the sign says, “Smoking is illegal and rude.” Wouldn’t just “illegal” have summed it up?