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“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?”
I wasn’t happy with that label, imagine my forty-years-old boss dying young, how will the relatives, friends, and co-staff at work feel?
“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 with your reasons as most people do?” He said.
Disadvantages Of Smoking
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 oesophagus. 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
- A sharp rise in blood pressure
This happens because nicotine attacks the nerves directly, causing the heart the rate of 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)
- An aneurysm
- 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 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.
Other dangerous properties of tobacco smoke:
- Nicotine raises blood pressure.
- Carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen blood can carry to the brain.
- Cigarette smoke makes the blood thicker and more likely to clot
Smoking has been shown to have harmful effects on all parts of the digestive system, contributing to the development of many diseases such as:
- Peptic ulcers
- Crohn’s disease
- 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, but smokers are also prone to premature thinning and greying 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.
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 cigarette destroys the body
- The body is the temple of God
- Smoking cigarette destroy the temple of God
- God is not happy with those that destroy their body.
- If God is not happy towards you, it means you are yet to be His
- If you failed to be His, you might end it on the other side of Him.
- Therefore, smoking a cigarette is a sin.