Op de radio in de staat Minnesota is een campagne begonnen tegen de rookverboden. De spot van 60 seconden wordt gefinancierd door de Taxpayers League, een organisatie die zich sterk maakt voor lagere belasting en minder overheidsbemoeienis.
“If you don’t want to breathe smoke, go to a nonsmoking restaurant”
Wie wil zo’n soort campagne voor de Nederlandse rokers sponsoren?!
“Freedom and the free market seem to be going up in smoke these days,” says a 60-second league spot that began this week on WCCO Radio (830 AM) and the Patriot (1280 AM). “Governments around the state seem to think that people are too stupid to make their own choices about where to work, shop, eat and drink.”
The spot, which also calls some smoking ban proposals “just plain nuts,” is one of four in a $25,000 campaign expected to last about four weeks, league president David Strom said Monday. One of the others decries “overheated political rhetoric.”
Strom said wading into the smoking issue is a natural for the league.
“Smoking bans are just one more example of government overreach,” he said. “Everywhere you go there are nonsmoking places already. We just don’t believe there’s been a huge market failure here.”
That means bar and restaurant patrons and employees alike have plenty of choice, the ad maintains. “If you don’t want to breathe smoke, go to a nonsmoking restaurant,” it says.