Antismoking Monomania

Rhys turned up something interesting:

Moral Theater vs The Mentally Ill

The limits of the war on smoking

Pennsylvania has decided that unless you are willing to quit smoking for the duration of your treatment, you don’t deserve mental health treatment from the state

The author goes on:

This health decision is not related to treatment of the condition for which they sought help—better mental health can be achieved without quitting. The policy is not even a result of mission creep. It is seeking a new mission at the expense of the existing one.

and ends:

People receiving help for addiction or mental illness are not props in a morality play. If it’s in their interest to tackle tobacco along with their other issues, then they should be encouraged to do so. But treatment cannot and should not be contingent on doing something people find extraordinarily difficult, even in optimal mental health.

Instead of seeing mental health treatment as another opportunity to modify undesired behavior, the state should focus on treating the urgent and important reasons why the patients are there.

I suppose that Tobacco Control is – and must be – solely concerned with tobacco, and with nothing else whatsoever, and that wherever it gains a foothold it will always be concerned only with stopping people smoking, and with nothing else whatsoever. And that’s why, when it takes over a new host, it gives it a new mission.

So it’s possible to imagine that if Tobacco Control were to become dominant in, say, Mediterranean holiday cruises, it would become a condition incumbent on all holiday-makers to quit smoking for the duration of their holiday in Sardinia or Greece or wherever. Equally, if Tobacco Control were to become dominant in insurance services, all insurances policies would include a condition that the insured quit smoking for the duration of their insurance. Want to borrow a book from your local library? No trouble, as long as you stop smoking for the duration that you borrow a book. And so on, as the single-minded war on smoking extends to new fields.

There was a useful word in 19th century psychiatry: monomania.

In 19th-century psychiatry, monomania (from Greek monos, one, and mania, meaning “madness” or “frenzy”) was a form of partial insanity conceived as single pathological preoccupation in an otherwise sound mind.

Tobacco Control is inherently monomaniacal: it has a single pathological preoccupation. And the antismoking zealots in Tobacco Control exhibit precisely this sort of partial insanity. They’re seemingly quite normal, except when it comes to tobacco. And they regard tobacco as far worse than anything else. The eradication of smoking has consequently become their sole aim in life. Nothing else matters.

Antismoking monomania might, however, just be one example of several modern varieties of monomania. A strong belief in the danger of Global Warming, and an accompanying fear of carbon dioxide, might also qualify as a form of monomania. And so might a pathological hatred of Donald Trump qualify as a form of monomania (Democrats in the House of Representatives immediately initiated impeachment proceedings against him).

Perhaps all these forms of monomania eventually get recognised as such, and the monomaniacs gradually get weeded out. They remain largely harmless, until large numbers of people become afflicted with the disorder.

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9 Responses to Antismoking Monomania

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t know what has happened to WordPress! There are no sharing options anymore and there is no like button. I would have “liked” and I would have “shared”!

  2. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    Happy New Year.

    Came across this recently:

    Haven’t seen the video – I am sure it’s painfully patronising and wrong.

    I wonder when someone is going to shop these folk for misconduct in a public office.

    Keep up the good work in 2019.


  3. Rhys says:

    And of course they started with the institutionalised or need-to-be-institutionalised mentally ill. The most powerless people. I seem to recall a famous German who started a party that way, too. It won’t stop there, of course. It never does.

  4. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    It is clearly inhumane and dictatorial to force hospital patients to stop smoking when attending for treatment. Anti smoking zealots never seek consent from those affected by their monomaniac “cures”, determined as they are to view smoking as the cause of every disease, and as a medical “condition” not a lifestyle choice.

    My recent research into cruise ship smoking policies indicates smokers and vapers are corralled into small smoking areas, not even permitted to smoke on balconies, because smoke might “drift” to adjoining cabins. This is yet more evidence these obsessed prohibitionists are not exponents of reality, lacking any understanding of the laws of atmospheric physics, believing the utterly outlandish claims that “there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke”. Insane, insane in the membrane. What intolerant bullies. I will never patronize cruise lines with such irrational policies, treating smokers as vermin. 😖

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    It really is quite amazing that a group of single-issue ideologies could get such a hold on power. Of course their ideology supports massive profits for Pharma and allows the political class to focus attention on the inconsequential so few notice their mass malfeasance. It’s time to expose thees massive lies.

    • Rose says:

      Time to repost Leg Iron’s explanation for the benefit of any smokers heading for hospital.

      Nicotine vs. nicotinic acid (niacin).
      Posted on December 17, 2013 by legiron

      “Can nicotine be turned into niacin? There are those who declare there is no relationship between the two, that it is a mere accident of nomenclature. Well, let’s see.”

      Now fully tested by me.

      Twiglets: 30g (multipack) bag: 115 calories, 3.5g fat, 0.8g salt

      “They also supply B vitamins from the yeastextract coating (12 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of folate – the healthy-heart-and-pregnancy vitamin) and 13 per cent of the recommended amount of niacin (for energy release).”

      Dissolve on the tongue.

      Sublingual and Buccal Medication Administration

      “Sublingual or buccal forms of drugs have their advantages. Because the medication absorbs quickly, these types of administration can be important during emergencies when you need the drug to work right away,”

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