August 18, 2006

"Smoke now, burn later." Mortal sin alert: ALL tobacco exposure is bad, not just for the lungs, but also for the heart ... and the soul.

It affects lethally the body of one who smokes or chews it.

Lung cancer, oral cancer, heart attacks....

Tobacco smoke also compromises the health of those who are near a smoker.

Because tobacco is proven to be harmful to one's health and life— and also to that of others nearby— using tobacco can be a sin, even a mortal sin.

"Thou shalt not kill!"

Smoke now, burn later.
"Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found that any form of tobacco increased the risk of heart attack. For example in heavy smokers the risk of heart attack tripled as compared to non-smokers. In light smokers, who smoked 8-10 cigarettes a day, the risk of heart attack doubled."
Read the complete article online.
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Blogger Flambeaux said...


Thanks for the reminder to have a cigar this evening.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

"Flambeaux"-- that's French for "torches".

"Smoking Torches"?

9:31 AM  
Blogger Flambeaux said...

Oui. *grin*

Although, given the heat around here lately, these torches haven't been smoking much.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

smoking = increased risk of heart disease = sin

I think the reasoning might be faulty here...

Eating high-cholesterol foods puts me at increased risk of a heart attack. Does this mean that every time I eat a chicken kiev / bacon sandwich / cream cake (or whatever) I'm committing a mortal sin?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Mac McLernon,

Food is a necessity.

Tobacco is not.

Some foods contain an immoderate or intemperate amount of substances (like cholesterol) that can be harmful to one's health.

Other foods contain only such minute amounts of potentially harmful substances (again, like cholesterol) that eating such foods does not threaten health.

All foods, if eaten in immoderate amounts, can be harmful to health. Eating insufficient amounts of food is also harmful to health.

In regards to the physical and moral necessity of eating food, the cardinal virtue of moderation (also called "temperance") comes into play.

Since tobacco is unnecessary to the health of the body, and since tobacco always has toxic effects, the cardinal virtue of moderation requires that one never use tobacco.

Besides moderation, two other cardinal virtues also call for the refusal of tobacco: prudence (also called "wisdom" or "discernment") and justice (which recognizes one's obligations to God, neighbor and self).

For those struggling to overcome either social or addictive pressures to use tobacco, the remaining cardinal virtue comes into play: courage (also called fortitude).

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not smart enough to dismantle your argument, Father, but something inside me is calling BS on that one.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Angela Messenger said...

If the good Lord meant us to smoke he'd have put chimneys on the tops of our heads.

7:49 PM  
Blogger dilexitprior said...

I've come across more than one examination of conscience with smoking in it. In any case willfully causing self-harm or self-mutilation is certainly sinful (and it's not too difficult to see the connection between these and smoking).

8:34 AM  
Blogger dilexitprior said...

When I received a link to this image today forwarded to me by my mom who works for a Public Health Clinic and is involved in the Anti-Tobacco Initiative as a dental hygienist it made me think of this post.

It's the painted ceiling in a smoking room. It's even got Catholic content.

4:09 PM  

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