Strident, and for that reason easy to ignore

This is a great interview with Christopher Hitchens (also if there is anybody who hasn’t yet read this – then read it).

What caught my attention is an exchange which occurs at 2:35.

Hitchens: If you can hold it down on the smokes and the cocktails, you might be well advised to do so.

Interviewer: That’s probably the subtlest anti-smoking message I’ve ever heard.

Hitchens: Well the other ones tend to be rather strident, and for that reason easy to ignore.

I have no idea whether the evidence suggests that strident anti-smoking advice is easy to ignore – though I am aware of quite a lot of the research that has been done on smoking, quitting and cognitive dissonance (Aronson has a nice discussion of this stuff somewhere I can’t be bothered to look up) – but it’s quite interesting that Hitchens thinks that it is…

(If you’re going to comment on this then you need to be polite and civil. Just a friendly reminder.)

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