Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 NL

[Modern society is full of negative moments. People compete for the stupid advantages. People position themselves against others. There is plenty of fodder for fulmination. Then negative thoughts spawn other negative thoughts.

Many people are prone to repetitious negative thoughts.

The ritual of smoking a cigarette would break the cycle.

Individuals became addicted, not to the nicotine, but to release from patterns of repetitious negative thoughts.

Smoking is cathartic.]