From an essay on SHS myths:
On the program As It Happens, I put these and other questions to a researcher for the Environmental Protection Agency. After some heated back and forth, he admitted:”Sure it’s crappy science, but look at the outcome–a smoke-free America.”
From Chris Snowdon:
So why claim that ‘obesity is worse than expected’?
“A little exaggeration forces the message home”
Further down the same piece:
The in-your-face smoking campaigns of the past, [president emeritus of the Hastings Institute, Dan Gilmore] says, effectively convinced people both that their actions bothered others and posed grave danger to themselves.
When it comes to obesity, he says, “the public has not as thoroughly been terrorised [sic].”
That’s three examples of the end justifying the means. The last one demonstrates open contempt for ordinary people. Whatever campaigns of lies or terror are needed to change their behaviour, these people are prepared to undertake them.
It will all come back to haunt them one day.