The results from the three main subjects show that punishment can suppress behavior in humans. The results of those who refused the intervention and those who dropped out show that aversive stimuli can cause escape and avoidance behavior in humans.
This experiment demonstrates that the principles of behavior analysis do indeed apply to fully-cognizant adults? Do they always apply? How similar are these results to the experiments on non-human animals?
Please note. I do not recommend using punitive techniques to quit smoking. The behavior analysts have developed more recent techniques that use positive reinforcement. Google the "Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis" and search the journal under the keyword "smoking." There are many studies on smoking. I would start with this one: Effects of an internet-based voucher reinforcement program for smoking abstinence. Contact the authors of the studies to see if they can recommend any behavioral programs to quit smoking.
Powell, J. & Azrin, N. (1968) The effects of shock as a punisher for cigarette smoking. [Electronic version]. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1, 63-71. Retrieved July 15, 2011 from U.S. National Institutes of Health PubMed Central database Web site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1310976/pdf/jaba00083-0063.pdf