Is it ok for Christians to smoke?

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What the Bible says (and doesn't say) about smoking

The first thing to acknowledge when talking about smoking, is that the Bible doesn’t directly talk it.

So there’s no verse in the Bible that says “you should not smoke". However, here's a few things to keep in mind when it comes to smoking and smokers.

In most countries, you're not allowed to buy and smoke cigarettes until you're 18. Given that the Bible makes it clear that Christians are to obey their local laws (Romans 13:1), the first thing we can say is that if you are a Christian under the age of 18, you shouldn't be smoking.

Many Christians are uneasy about smoking because it is addictive. As a result, they believe it conflicts with the apostle Paul’s aim not to “be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

Another thing to keep in mind is that following Jesus involves giving your whole life to him and to the gospel (Mark 8:34-35). That means that Christians want to do everything they can to help people to know Jesus and to obtain eternal life by believing in him (see John 3:16).

Many feel that smoking would restrict their service of Jesus and the gospel, because it is likely to reduce the lifetime available for “fruitful labour” (see Philippians 1:22-25), or the money they are able to contribute to helping people learn about Jesus.

It might also cause offense to others (see 1 Corinthians 10:32-33), or be considered antisocial, and so some Christians don’t smoke for that reason.

However, we must also keep in mind that God loves all people, and as Christians we are called to love all people and not be judgemental. 

So, whether you smoke or not, all of us must love smokers as much as we love non-smokers, and welcome them into our churches like anyone else.


Part of this article is from a Q&A. Thanks to christianity.net.au

Comments (8)

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    Amanda

    Also, our body is a temple. We need to keep it clean for God. And cigarates isn’t something I’d put in a temple for God. :-(

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    Cade

    First verse that comes to mind when I hear about smoking :)

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    Leah

    Hey ! I used to smoke but by the strength God gave me I gave it up ! Smoking is an addiction an addictions can control us. The bible says that we should not be mastered by anything except God! Just pray to God for strength to give up ! :)

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    Micah

    Instead of asking, “Can Christians smoke?”, I think that a better question is, “Are there any benefits to Christians for smoking?” Like everything else in the world, cigarettes will eventually fade and do not matter when we spend eternity with Jesus Christ. Most people smoke for the satisfaction that it gives, yet they have the chance to experience the same thing by surrendering their life to God. Overall, smoking is not a good idea for Christians to partake in.

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    Aaron

    hmmm well i see alot of negative views on smoking so id imagine the same for vaping but what if you vape zero nic and do it for flavor and a past time a huge goal in my life is to become preacher but i dont think my vaping will prevent me from spreading the gospel if anything i think it could help since its a past time many have and something people could relate to i agree to treat your body as a temple for the holy spirit hence the reason i quit nic but cigs arnt the only bad addiction out there that many Christians have

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    Micah

    Something important to keep in mind is that 1 Corinthians 6:19, the Bible verse about our bodies being temples of the Holy Spirit, is one of the greatest victims of being taken out of context. If you look directly in the Bible, Paul was speaking to the church of Corinth about sexual immorality within their congregation; this verse does not necessarily condone vaping/smoking. I would ask a couple of trusted Christian leaders about your questions and pray that God reveal them to you because He will never withhold wisdom that you are seeking (James 1:5-7, NIV).

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    Nelson

    smoking is not good because of the damages it cause to our health

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    Bukasa

    Paul said if a man destroys God’s temple,God will destroy him!Smoking is profitable in no way!It damages a lot in the body!Besides a person who smokes ends up addicted and that is really nt good!
    May we be helped in our struggles,be blessed!

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