For antismoking zealots it’s not that smoking causes disease, but instead that smoking is itself a disease. This is where their madness starts. Case in point:
The global smoking epidemic: a history and status report.
There is no global smoking epidemic. But for these people, diseases aren’t things like malaria or cholera. For them diseases are errant forms of behaviour. They are trying to cure behaviours.
They could just easily be trying to cure nose-picking or stammering or drinking or chess-playing or television-watching. Some or all of these could just as easily be classified as diseases. They want to change the way people behave. They want a well-behaved world.
Because they are behavioural psychologists. And as behavioural psychologists they regard behaviours as the only observable phenomena, unlike unobservable – and therefore non-existent – thoughts, dreams, hopes, or fears. They are devoid of empathy. They can only apply a variety of stimuli – e.g electric shocks -, and observe the behavioural responses.
What else are health warnings on cigarettes packages other than a negative stimuli that smokers receive whenever they reach for their cigarettes packs? A sort of mild electric shock. And aren’t they always increasing the voltage? First it was Smoking Can Damage Your Health. Next it was Smoking Kills. Soon it will be gruesome cancerous images plastered all over the “plain packaging” which is the canvas on which they are permitted to paint words and images of ever-increasing disgusting intensity. And since this is the only idea they have ever had, it is the only thing they know how to do, and so they can only keep increasing the voltage. Because they believe that at some point the smoker will suddenly make the desired association between smoking and disease and death, and – bingo! – stop smoking.
Rats may behave like this. But humans are rather more complex than rats. They’re not so easily programmed or conditioned. They have a great many more defence mechanisms. Because the stimuli don’t work, and the behaviour doesn’t change.
It’ll never work. It never could work. Because behavioural psychology is a lot of nonsense. It is itself a form of madness. It is, to put it in terms that a behavioural psychologist would understand, a form of bad behaviour.
Behavioural psychology is something to be destroyed.