Even more importantly, it disrupts their emergency pheromones. Even a human can actually smell a very angry “emergency emergency” chemical they use to signal. Smells kind of like bananas. Without smoke, you piss off one bee (it happens), that one bee will signal to the others and now you have 20k pissed off bees. Smoke greatly reduces the contagiousness of their anger.
It’s also down to genetics, you don’t want aggressive African honey bees, you need to exterminate these, they are very unproductive and will attack people for no reason. A hive can go from docile like this and purely only worried about producing honey
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