SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Smoker Brain.
What’s science GOOD for, you may ask?
I dunno, I may answer.
But maybe it could serve to humiliate people who are already miserable and make them feel worse.
A (smug and self satisfied?) study led by Dr. Mark Weiser (Sheba Medical Center) concludes that the higher your IQ, the less likely you are to smoke.
MISTER ScienceAintSoBad appreciates the underlying reality here. This is a painful piece of science but – yeah – indulging in self destructive behavior probably ISN’T gonna correlate with the biggest, bestest brains. But should research dollars be used to rub it in?
To be fair, a better understanding of the factors that lead a person to smoke may help researchers understand how to effectively combat it. So we’ll give the benefit of the doubt to Weiser and assume his motives were pure.
ScienceAintSoBadRating = 6 for a well intentioned study that we would like to see replicated somewhere else before conceding the point.
And, no, MISTER ScienceAintSoBad isn’t and never did smoke cigarettes or the like and is not being defensive.
For a change.