According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are an estimated 1.3 billion smokers worldwide. Are you one of them?
If you are, you may be among the estimated 5.4 million people that will die this year from smoking tobacco.
Don’t be a sucker. Don’t allow yourself to be easily deceived by getting entice by fanciful movie stars who smoke. Tobacco companies pays over a billion dollars to Hollywood to show actors and actresses smoking.
Sake your children from cancer because cigarette companies are targeting them as market. Phillips Morris alone spends $130 million dollars each year marketing cigarettes to youths. The same company hired underage ‘Marlboro Girls’ to hand out free cigarettes to school children in some countries.
Stop Billionaires from making money off you. The more you smoke the higher the profits they make. Do not kill yourself and stop paying them for causing cancer.
In the US, Phillip Morris cigarettes kills 16x more people than marijuana each year, yet no arrests have ever been made.
Tobacco is bad for health, no matter in what form you take it. Apart from smoking, some crazy people chew and sniff it. Whatever be the method of intake, the ill effect are always present.
Tobacco is high in nicotine and thus very addictive in nature. Once a person gets addicted to smoking, chewing or sniffing, it becomes difficult to leave it. This makes is harmful to the human mind and reason. A person addicted to it passes through periods of severe craving, making it hard for him to think, concentrate, solve a problem, or do any important matter, until he smokes.
Tobacco companies strives to make their customers lose their mind by getting them addicted to their products and they employ all sought of deceptive methods to achieve their aim.
Cigarette contains poisonous materials aside nicotine, there is tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, benzopyrene, etc., that the smoker swallows in small proportions. Their harm accumulates with time to result in a gradual killing of the human organs and tissues. While you enjoy the short term effect of smoking, the long term effect are usually irreversible. As a smoker, you increase the risk of suffering from life-threatening diseases.
The effects of smoking are hard to enumerates. Cancer, tuberculosis, heart attacks, asthma, coughing, premature birth, infertility, infections in the digestive system, high blood pressure, nervousness, mouth and teeth diseases, etc., are among the many health hazards that have been strongly linked to smoking.
When you smoke for just five years it leaves a permanent effect on the following parts of your body;
- 1. Lungs,
5. Urinary tract,
6. Sex organs,
7. Women’s fertility zone,
8. Men’s sperm production,
9. Digestive organs,
10. Bones and joints,
Tobacco was discovered by the Spanish sailors on the American shores at about 1500 CE (900 AH). Since its discovery, the epidemic of smoking has continued to spread all over the world. Statistics have established that smokers’ age is, on the average, ten years less than other people’s.
Specifically, this is what smoking will do to you (Chantix Home):
- 1. Smoking is the reason behind most cases of lung cancer. It is roughly estimated that 87 percent of the cases of cancer of the lung is caused by smoking. Smoking is also responsible for other ailments of the lung like chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
2. Smoking is a menace to the heart and the circulatory system. It is believed that nicotine inhaled through smoking tobacco activates the adrenaline glands to produce hormones that increase the blood pressure and the heart rate. The carbon monoxide in the smoke use up the oxygen in the circulatory system diminishing the flow of oxygen to many important human organs
3. Smoking is the mother of all cancers. Cancer of the mouth, stomach, lungs, kidneys, cervix, esophagus, larynx, rectum, colon and certain other organs are results of long habits of smoking.
4. Smoking even causes certain cases of leukaemia. Smoking is an enemy to the natural process of reproduction. Smoking can make you infertile. Smoking is responsible for miscarriages in females and impotence among males.
5. Smoking can have a drastic effect on pregnant women. Smoking can lead to complications in the delivery and may impair certain organs in the baby.
6. Smoking can mar your physical appearance and bearing to a great extent. This habit is responsible for wrinkles on your face, and discoloration of your teeth and fingers.
7. Smoking can kill your appetite and your sense of taste and smell. It can prove disastrous in the long run.
8. Smoking can make you an
insomniac. Many chain smokers suffer from severe cases of insomnia.
All the diseases associated with smoking may not appear all at once, however a smoker is most likely to suffer from some of them, and his suffering increases as he grows older.
In spite of the dangerous effort of Tobacco Smoking, the media continues to adore smoking and encourage people to do it. As a result, the epidemic of smoking has continue to spread in most countries of the world and it has become almost impossible to control.
Religious Views on Smoking
For want of space I will only concern myself with Christianity and Islam. Both religions originated before tobacco smoking was introduced to Europe. Therefore, these religions do not address it in their foundational teachings; however, modern practitioners have offered interpretations of their faith with regard to smoking.
By the turn of the 19th century, smoking was considered an immoral habit by certain Christian preachers and social reformers. Tobacco was listed, along with drunkenness, gambling, cards, dancing and theatre-going concern of.
Though there was no official canonical prohibition of tobacco, the more traditional among the Eastern Orthodox Churches forbid their clergy or monastics to smoke, and their congregation were strongly encouraged to give up this habit. Those who smokes were considered to be polluting the “Temple of the Holy Spirit” (the body). The orthodox still refers to smoking as “incense of Satan”
Father Alexander Lebedeff described the Orthodox approach as follows:
- You ask, “Are there canons that speak to the issues of … tobacco?” I would ask you, where are the Canons that forbid use of marijuana or snorting cocaine or downloading pornography from the Internet? Obviously, there are none. Does this mean that your innate Orthodox common sense should not be enough to guide you to recognise what is healthy and what is not? The Canons should not be considered a compendium of answers to all possible questions. God gave us a mind and a conscience and we should use them to determine what is right and what is wrong, whether or not the particular issue has been addressed in the canons or not. Smoking tobacco is a disgusting, filthy, addictive habit that turns the mouth of the smoker into an ashtray. It not only poisons the body of the smoker but pollutes the air that others around the smoker breathe. It is absolutely incompatible with the dignity of the Orthodox Priesthood, diaconate, or monastic state, whether the Canons specifically address it or not.
The protestants also consider the body to be the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and their views were not different from that of the orthodox Churches.
The Roman Catholic Church however does not condemn smoking per se, but considers excessive smoking to be sinful, as described in the Catechism (CCC 2290):
“The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine.”
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Smoking was introduced to the Muslim countries by the Europeans around 1000 AH. Islamic scholars have historically had mixed views about tobacco, and until recently, there has not been a clear, unanimous fatwa (legal opinion) to allow or forbid cigarette smoking.
The mixed views on the subject came about because cigarettes are a more recent invention and did not exist at the time of the revelation of the Qur’an in the 7th century C.E. Therefore, one cannot find a verse of Qur’an, or words of the Prophet Muhammad, saying clearly that “cigarette smoking is forbidden.”
However, there are many instances where the Qur’an gives the Muslims general guidelines, and calls upon us to use our reason and intelligence, and seek guidance from Allah about what is right and wrong. Muslim scholars use their knowledge and judgment to make new legal rulings (fatwa). In the Qur’an, Allah says;
- “…he [the Prophet] commands them what is just, and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good, and prohibits them from what is bad…” (Qur’an 7:157).
In more recent times, as the dangers of tobacco use have come to be proven beyond any doubt, scholars have become more unanimous in pronouncing tobacco use clearly haram (forbidden) to believers. They now use the strongest terms to condemn this habit. Here is a clear example:
- “In view of the harm caused by tobacco, growing, trading in and smoking of tobacco are judged to be haram (forbidden). The Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, ‘Do not harm yourselves or others.’ Furthermore, tobacco is unwholesome, and God says in the Qur’an that the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘enjoins upon them that which is good and pure, and forbids them that which is unwholesome'” (Permanent Committee of Academic Research and Fatwa, Saudi Arabia).
Cigarette smoking is a form of moral decadence. It is most spread among the low-class immoral people. It reflects blind imitation of sinful people. It is mostly consumed in places of sin. A smoker may beg or steal if he does not have the money to buy cigarettes. Muslims are taught to be of good character but smokers are usually ill-mannered and bad examples and should not be emulated.
Cigarettes spoils a person salat (Prayer). The smell emanating from the mouth of a smoker is worse than garlic and onions and the Prophet (Muhammad) SAW said:
- “Whoever eats garlic or onion, let him avoid us and our masjid, and stay in his home. The angels are surely hurt by things that hurt the human beings”
Allah says in Qur’an:
- “Do not kill yourselves, Allah is indeed merciful to you”Qur’an 4:29
“Do not cast yourselves, with your own hands, into destruction”Qur’an 2:195
And Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (SAW), also said:
- “No harm may be inflicted on oneself or others.”
“The feet of a human being will not depart, on the day of Judgement, from his standing before his Lord, until he is questioned about five things: his lifetime – how did he pass it, his youth – how did he used it, his wealth – where did he earn it and how did he spend it, and how did he follow what he knew.”
“Whoever consumes poison, killing himself with it, then he will he consuming his poison in the hellfire, and he will abide in it permanently and eternally.”
Islam forbids Muslims from harming their neighbours. So when a smoker emits the smoke from himself, it harms those around him. People who associates with smokers are mostly going to inhale the smoke. And it is well established that second-hand smoke is almost as dangerous as first-hand.
Also if a smoker has an contagious disease, such as tuberculosis or influenza, his exhaled smoke and coughing carry the disease to those around him. The Prophet of Islam (SAW) also said:
- “Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbour.”
Smoking is also waste of resources. Allah says:
- “And do not waste (your resources) extravagantly. Indeed the squanderers are the brethren of the devils”Qur’an 17:26–27
And the Prophet (SAW) said:
- “Allah hates for you three things: gossiping, begging, and wasting money”
Lastly, A smoker inhales the smoke that does not give him any nourishment. This is similar to the action of the people of the Hell fire who eat harmful thorny plants:
After reading this, what would possess you to smoke? If you are addicted, it is not impossible to stop, get help before it becomes to late. If it is too late for you, seek forgiveness and make preparation for the hereafter.
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