This is a little off topic, but in this 60 Minutes piece on smokeless tobacco (trade name Snus), you will find one of the best examples of self-rationalization (or self-delusion) by an addict I’ve seen in some time.
Sad. His entire life revolves around his habit.
Basically, the guy is a tobacco company’s dream user. Not only is he a dual user of both cigarettes and snus, but he’s actually using more product during his waking hours because one product is more socially acceptable (less noticeable and no second hand smoke). Worse yet, he actually believes he’s doing himself a favor.
Almost reminds me of a habitual credit card user who carries a balance on their cashback or frequent flier credit card. They know it’s bad for them to do it, but at least it’s not as bad had they gone with a generic non-rewards credit card.