There was so many smokers in the men’s bathroom that actually going to the bathroom was difficult. It seems stupid to have had a rule like that when most students figured out how to get around it but that is the way things were. Lots of things are stupid now. And lots of things were stupid then. I’m not sure if the number of stupid things now and then is the same.
Curiously, in the 1970s occurred the slow switch from a “service station” when an attendant filled your car with gasoline, to “self-serve,” where you had to get out and pump gas yourself. There were signs posted on the gasoline pumps which said in big red letters, “No Smoking.” Makes sense. But we paid no attention whatsoever! I swear. People used to get out of their cars with cigarettes in their mouths and pump gas. Including me. No one thought about it. Put my cigarette out? For what? Well, to keep the place from going up in flames.
[Images courtesy of Go Retro and Found in Mom's Basement.]