Secondhand Smoke – Avoid Exposure to Smoke
Secondhand Smoke – Avoid Exposure to Smoke
God’s True believers do not smoke. When non-smokers are exposed to secondhand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in secondhand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. The more secondhand smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body. God will not live in an unclean temple, whether it would be smoking, alcohol, cursing, lying, drugs, etc
So every time you light up as a smoker, you’re tearing apart God’s temple; decreasing your time to serve God and throwing away God’s money; and also causing a stumbling block in the way of God’s people.
Smokers are opening themselves up for lung cancer; however, the people who are subjected to breathing the smoke second-hand are also subject to this disease. The person who willfully smokes is guilty of destroying their own bodies;, but should those who are forced to live in the environment of the smoke get lung cancer; they are not guilty of this sin. When we teach that smoking causes lung cancer; we are not judging or condemning those who innocently get lung cancer from breathing second-hand smoke. It is simply a true fact that smoking can cause lung cancer. Satan will try us to get addicted for smoking which will slowly kill us over the span of several years by destroying and contaminating our numerous parts of our body which was made beautiful by god for glorifying God.
When you smoke you defile the temple of Yahweh (your body) not only with harmful substances which were never intended for the body but even more importantly you make the temple of Yahweh “a habitation of devils” (Rev.18:2).
The Bible says that God’s “people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” — Hosea 4:6
“If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Cor.3:17,). Our body is not our own, and we should seek to live clean and Holy lives both in reverence to the Lord and as an example to others showing that we are different from the world.
Smoking is not compatible with living a Christian, Spirit-filled life:
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; then to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Evil Company corrupts good habits:
The righteous should CHOOSE HIS FRIENDS CAREFULLY, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26)
“Do not be deceived: “Evil Company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Some children pick up habits–good and bad–from their parents. This is why Solomon was inspired to write, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).
The Bible tells us that we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, that we are to stay away from people who cause divisions and offenses, and to withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly. But when Jesus went after these sinners, it was always for the express purpose of getting them saved and cleaned up. You know that if your children start hanging out with the wrong type of crowd, they can become very easily corrupted in a very short period of time.
That is the response of one who will never overcome smoking because they are denying the truth about its destructive affects. How can one account for the fact that this man’s wife who never smoked a cigarette in her life died of lung cancer the doctors said absolutely came from cigarette smoke? The fact is her husband killed her.
Cigarettes harms not just the smoker
Second hand smoke from cigarettes harms not just the smoker, but family, friends and co-workers. The Bible says we are to love our neighbor. Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor was next to loving one’s parents “Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 19:19 ). Romans 13:10 teaches us that “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour.” It is certainly not an act of love to smoke around other people exposing them to the deadly effects of cigarette smoke.
We are to love our children, but people who smoke are potentially harming young children. Many studies have shown that in the first two years of life, babies of parents who smoke at home have a much higher rate of lung diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia than babies with non-smoking parents. Infants and children have tender tissues and are more susceptible to passive smoke. Acute respiratory illnesses happen twice as often to young children whose parents smoke even if they are without asthma. Passive smoke exposure is associated with 150,000 to 300,000 cases of chronic bronchitis and pneumonia in children younger than eighteen months. Exposure to smoke can cause people to develop many lung problems, such as allergies, asthma, and heart problems.
Children from five years-old to nine years-old
A study involving children from five years-old to nine years-old showed impaired lung function in youths who had smoking parents as compared with children whose parents were non-smokers. Smoking by pregnant women seems to predispose premature babies to respiratory distress syndrome. Parents who smoke at home can aggravate symptoms in some children with asthma and even trigger asthma episodes. Further children exposed to secondhand smoke can develop middle ear infections, suffer from wheezing, coughing, and worsen asthma conditions.
It is quite contradictory for a parent to love their children and yet expose them to cigarette smoke and by their example are teaching their children to smoke also. The Lord promises us long life in the Bible but those who violate His commandments are choosing to shorten their own lives. When a Christian smokes tobacco he is evidencing that there is an area in his life that is not submitted to Christ. A smoker is opening the door to the demon of self-destruction – the fact that it is happening slowly makes no difference – he is removing himself from the protection of Yahweh and shortening his lifespan.
Second Hand smoke:
when smokers force non-smokers to passively breathe their fumes they are oppressing and hurting others, sometimes even slowly killing them. Smoking can therefore become slow murder. Secondhand smoke can cause harm in many ways. In the United States alone, each year it is responsible for:
An estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers
About 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults
Other breathing problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort, and reduced lung function
50,000 to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger than 18 months of age, which result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations annually
Increases in the number and severity of asthma attacks in about 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma
More than 750,000 middle ear infections in children
Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of having low birth- weight babies.
The 2006 US Surgeon General’s report reached some important conclusions:
- Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke.
- Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes breathing (respiratory) symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.
- Secondhand smoke immediately affects the heart and blood circulation in a harmful way. Over a longer time it also causes heart disease and lung cancer.
- The scientific evidence shows that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Many millions of Americans, both children and adults, are still exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes and workplaces despite a great deal of progress in tobacco control.
- The only way to fully protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke indoors is to prevent all smoking in that indoor space or building. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot keep non-smokers from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke in the workplace
Secondhand smoke in the workplace has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer among adult non-smokers. Everyone can be exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, such as restaurants, shopping centers, public transportation, schools, and daycare centers. Any family member can develop health problems related to secondhand smoke.
Children are especially sensitive to secondhand smoke. Asthma, lung infections, and ear infections are more common in children who are around smokers. Some of these problems can be serious and even life-threatening. Others may seem like small problems, but they add up quickly: think of the expenses, doctor visits, medicines, lost school time, and often lost work time for the parent who must take the child to the doctor. In the United States, 21 million, or 35% of children live in homes where residents or visitors smoke in the home on a regular basis. About 50% to 75% of children in the US have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in their blood.
Time at Home
Think about it: we spend more time at home than anywhere else. A smoke-free home protects your family, your guests, and even your pets.
Research does show that secondhand tobacco smoke can get into hair, clothing, and other surfaces. Children who spend one hour in an extremely smoky room inhale enough toxic chemicals to equal smoking 10 cigarettes. Children in smoking households experience more middle ear infections. Inhaled cigarette smoke irritates the Eustachian tube, and the subsequent swelling leads to infections, which are the most common cause of hearing loss in children.
It has been estimated that between 50 and 75 percent of children in the United States have detectable levels of cotanine in their bloodstream.
Secondhand smoke exposure causes acute lower respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and young children.
It’s exposure causes children who already have asthma to experience more frequent and severe attacks.
Secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms, including cough, phlegm, wheeze, and breathlessness, among school-aged children.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for ear infections and are more likely to need an operation to insert ear tubes for drainage.
Some researchers call this “thirdhand” smoke. This refers to the toxic particles that are left in the air after you can no longer see the smoke. Over time, they settle on surfaces and can be measured long after the person is done smoking. Though unknown, the cancer-causing effects would likely be very small compared with direct exposure to secondhand smoke, such as living in a house with a smoker. But this is an active area of tobacco research.
Lies of Satans about smoking:
Many of us have lost friends and/or relatives who smoked throughout their lives. Smoking will make to think and make decisions better.
Smoking will help to calm the nerves. When a Christian smokes he is sending a signal to the world that Christ approves of smoking and that therefore there is nothing wrong in it. Smoking often runs in families because of family curses. Breaking ungodly ancestral ties may be needed – indeed, one should do so as a matter of course if you know anyone else in your family smokes. Finally, you need to confess and repent that you have been living in rebellion against Him, polluting His temple.
The devil does not want God’s people walking in health and wholeness. Friends who want us to sin make it easier for us to sin. Stay away from relationships where ungodly people decide what you will do. Stay out of groups that love ungodly things; and away from places where it is easy to do wrong. God commands us to SEPARATE from the sinful world and not to help them by befriending their wickedness. Anyone who claims as a Christian yet follows world ways are not a true Christian Because 1st John 2:15 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
We are commanded by God to preach the truth, never compromising for any reason whatsoever. We are to love everyone, but love does not mean that we should stop hating sin. . As true believers, we must stand uncompromisingly against the works of flesh , darkness and works of Satan. Nowadays, churches are full of professing Christians who think it ok to keep one foot in the world; and enjoy the pleasures of this world.
The Bible tells us that we are to be a good example, showing others the love of Christ through our behavior and life styles. We should do all we can to bring others into God’s Kingdom; and never do anything that would cause a person to stumble in his Christian walk. You need to choose this day whom you will serve. You can serve God and ask Him to clean up your life, or you can continue serving your own fleshly desires which leads to indirectly serving devil. No sin is excusable or permissible in the Christian’s life. God hates all sin and wants us to forsake all sin as his children.
Fail to acknowledge sin
There are lots of people who fail to acknowledge their sins, faults, mistakes or wrong doing. They are unrepentant concerning their sin, often rationalize and look for excuses to justify their sins. They make every attempt to justify their wrong doing and claim that there was nothing wrong in their doing; but the Holy Bible Clearly says it’s wrong. There are lots of professing Christians living spiritually defeated lives; because of their unrighteous acts such as adultery, lust, temptation, addiction to tobacco, smoking, drugs, immodestly dressed women, drunkenness to gambling, divorce, living together, premarital sex, pornography, sexual perversions etc , they tried to justify their sin gradually develop a rebellious spirit.
Smoking /chewing tobacco etc does not glorify God. Smoking or tobacco chewing becomes addictive which makes a slave out of those who use it; it is a bad witness for the Christ; it may be harmful to others, and causes for our weaker brethren to stumble.
So many people today are committing horrible sins, twisting the Scriptures in a sinful attempt to say, “I have done no wickedness.”
Follow the world
Those who claim to “love the Lord,” and yet follow worldly things in dressing and in every thing testify to little more than their lack of discernment and confused loyalties. They put their personal reputation and the integrity of their Christian witness at risk. The Bible speaks of those that are “double-minded,” and warns that they are “unstable” in all their ways and receive nothing from the Lord (James 1:7, 8).
Many professing Christians may even appear to have a real excitement and love for the Lord-however; their body is sending out a totally different message. The spiritual Blindness is caused due to the effect of sin, a work of the devil and Leads to all evil. When God’s people do not obey Him, He allows a spirit of blindness to come over them. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
Smoking does not glorify God.
She had worked for I.T and Engineering companies in the past and now she is a stay Home Christian Mother, Wife of Daniel Touchton and a Christian writer contributing articles and Poems. She has self published three books using print-on-demand called Christian Living, Seek God’ s Truth and Living a Godly Life .
She has passion for writing Christian articles and has contributed many articles and blogs online. She has a great love for the study of Gods word in a deep way. She has an incredible heart to serve the Lord and she loves to encourage and uplift others to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through her writings.
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