“To my Boss, smoking is not a sin neither do I count it as a sin. So why is everybody saying it is a sin? Did God say we should condemn others for smoking?”
Stop living in confusion and embrace the natural law that smoking cigarette is never a sin. Most of the articles I have read on the internet pointed to the false natural law that smoking is a sin, hated by Gods.
I went to Ikeja City Mall (Lagos, Western Region of Nigeria) to get my boss some pack of cigarette, right there in front of me, I saw a cigarette show glass and I centered my eyes on a printed labeled on the pack. The labeled printed in Sans-Serif font, bold and about 30 font sizes.
“Minister of health advice that smokers are liable to die young”
I was not happy with that, I imagine under forty-years old boss dying young, how will the relatives, friends, and co-staff at work feel?
Gotten work late my boss asks, “What kept you so long”, I was dumb just as a lamb before a slaughter. I knew I took much of my time surfing the internet for a good reason why smokers are liable to die young. “Where is my package?” he asked. I stretched out to hand him the package but he noticed something strange, he called me to his office.
He offered me a seat and said to me again, “What kept you so long, I know you will not lie to me, so tell me” his voice was as calm as the river bank. “The labeled kept me so long” I replied.
He opens the cigarette pack, take a row and light the cigarette, and then, began to laugh. I seem not to understand anymore.
“Young pastor, you’ve got another topic today, huh? So, tell me, is smoking a sin? Show me where it is written…I know you will not condemn me for your reasons as most people do?” He said.
Thinking about what response to give then I remember some disadvantages of smoking cigarette that I surfed on the internet. They are;
The disadvantage of smoking to the body
It is proven that different chemicals in tobacco can cause damage to the macula, which represents the most sensitive part of the retina. The tiny blood vessels can burst through the macula, leading to irreversible damage. Smoking also causes morphological and functional changes to the lens and retina due to its atherosclerotic and thrombotic effects on the ocular capillaries.
Smoking is a risk factor for all cancers associated with the larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus. There is no doubt that heavy smokers have laryngeal cancer mortality risks 20 to 30 times greater than non-smokers.
Heart and circulation
The two main effects smoking has on the heart and circulation are: An increase in your heartbeat rate, and, A sharp rise in blood pressure
This happens because nicotine attacks the nerves directly, causing the heart rate to rising and blood vessels to constrict. Since smokers have lungs filled with those dangerous fumes, the heart has to pump harder to get enough oxygen to the rest of the body. Smoking can also increase cholesterol and fibrinogen levels in the blood. The heart and circulation diseases caused by smoking include:
- Coronary heart disease (CHD),
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD),
There is no doubt that the tar content of the cigarette smoke directly damages the cells in the airways of the lung. This can eventually cause cancer of the lung or larynx. It can also lead to chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Several factors are contributing to the lung cancer:
- The daily dose of tobacco;
- The duration of regular smoking and
- The form in which tobacco is smoked
Smoking is linked to the buildup of fatty substances in the carotid artery, the main neck artery supplying blood to the brain, which represents one of the most important factors for developing a stroke.
Smoking has been shown to have harmful effects on all parts of the digestive system, contributing to the development of many diseases such as Heartburn, Peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, Gallstones, Stomach cancer, Liver, and pancreas. Almost half of all the bladder and kidney cancers in men are caused by smoking.
Skin and hair
Smoking can damage the skin, mainly the substance called collagen which keeps the skin elastic. Smokers get deeper wrinkles all over their faces because nicotine constricts the tiny capillaries that nourish the skin. Not only that, smokers are also prone to premature thinning and graying of the hair.
Bone and muscles
It is proven that tobacco smoke chemicals are poisons that inhibit the development of the new tissue cells. The tissue of smokers does not get an adequate blood supply to promote healing, thus smokers are at a much higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
Adapted From Steady Health
The Disadvantages Of Tobacco Smoking
Bringing it home to Christianity way. The New Testament let us know that our body is the Temple of God, and God would not like us to get it polluted. So, therefore, if smoking cigarette demerit would cause us harm by destroying our body then we must picture it as thus, smoking cigarette destroys God’s temple.
Smoking destroys the body, the body is the temple of God, meaning smoking destroy the temple of God and God is not happy with those that get their body destroy. If God is not happy towards you, it means there is a sin in your life. Therefore, smoking is a sin.
Oyeniyi Olayemi Samuel