While the Bible does not directly warn Christian teens about smoking (mostly because it was not an issue in Biblical times), it does tell us to care for our bodies and minds. In order to understand why smoking may not be a good choice for Christian teens, we would have a greater understanding of the effect smoking has on us both in a physical and mental way:
- Tobacco has an ingredient called nicotine that is extremely addictive.
- 3 million teenagers are smokers.
- 75 percent of teenage smokers were still smoking 7 to 9 years after they started, despite stating that they would stop after five years.
- 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were teenagers.
It Hurts Others
- 3,000 non-smoking adults die each year due to illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.
- Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are 25 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease.
- 300,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia in babies under 18 months old are related to secondhand smoke.
It Hurts You
- Tobacco contains over 4,800 chemicals, of which 69 are known to cause cancer.
- 20 percent of 15 year-old smokers will be killed before the age of 70 due to smoking related illnesses.
- Teenage girls who smoke and take birth control pills are at an increased chance of having blood clots and strokes.
- 400,000 people die each year from illnesses related to smoking
- Smoking not only increases your risk of lung cancer but other cancers, too.
- Teens who smoke are three times as likely to drink alcohol, eight times as likely to smoke marijuana, and are 22 times more likely to use cocaine.
- Smoking affects your breath and body odors. People who quit usually smell better right away.
- Smoking costs a lot of money. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, it will cost you over $20 per week...or over $1,000 per year. Think of what you could do with that kind of money.