“The devastating impact of cigarette smoke on the body’s DNA has been laid bare by the first comprehensive study into the damage tobacco inflicts on human cells. People who smoke a pack of cigarettes each day for a year develop on average 150 extra mutations in every lung cell, and nearly 100 more mutations than usual in each cell of the voice box, researchers found. More still build up in the mouth, bladder, liver and other organs” (The Guardian, November 3, 2016). “More than 70 of the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancer. Some damage DNA directly, but others ramp up mutations in more subtle ways, often by disrupting the way cells function. The more mutations a cell acquires, the more likely it is to turn cancerous… ‘If you smoke even a little bit you’ll erode the genetic material of most of the cells in your body.’ Smoking is the most preventable cause of cancer in the world and accounts for more than 1 in 4 UK cancer deaths” (ibid.).
The Apostle Paul taught that our bodies are “the temple of the Holy Spirit… therefore glorify God in your body and in your Spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Anything we do that destroys this temple is sinful and not pleasing to God! For more on this important subject, be sure to read our publication, “The Curse of Tobacco.”