Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

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Nicotine, An Enemy of Man

Nicotine is, without doubt, a declared enemy of the human organism. It always exercises its disastrous effects, whether the tobacco be smoked, chewed or inspired in the form of snuff. Its action depends upon the method and quantity employed, being manifested by vertigo, vomit, coma and violent palpitation of the heart; it not being impossible that death might ensue if the habit be continued after the development of such symptoms. Although the mild intoxication is curable (it being often sufficient to drink water, stimulants or prepared beverage), the inveterate use of tobacco produces the chronic poisoning called "tabaquismo" characterized by amnesia (loss of memory), ambliopia (diminution of visual power) , stomach trouble, palpitation of the heart, and other symptoms that demonstrate abnormalities of the nervous system and blood pressure. Many ulcerations of the stomach and intestines are attributable to the use of tobacco, as well as some affec­tions of the mouth, throat and respiratory organs, including "antracosis" or carboniferous deposit on the mucous membranes. But the point upon which we most strongly insist, in the struggle against the tobacco habit, and especially in young students, are the failure of memory and weakness of eyesight, resulting in more or less severe form in those addicted to it.—Frank J. Fiallos, Ph.G., Honduras, Central America.

A Simple Solution

We clip the following from Norman Dunning's Life of Samuel Chadwick, who was principal of Cliff College. "Shortly after the beginning of a certain term, a student much older than the average Cliff man knocked at the door of the principal's study. `Sir,' he said, `would you give me permission to have a pipe? (It is a rule at Cliff College that no student smokes.) I am not like these boys,' continued this middle-aged brother. `I have been a smoker for twenty years. I finished my last pipe before I came through the college gates on Friday, and I have tried my best to do without tobacco since. But, sir, I can't hold out any longer. I am dying for a smoke.' The principal half turned in his chair, and swept the brother with his glance from his toes to the crown of his head. `Is that really true, brother? Are you really dying for a smoke?' `I am, sir,' replied the student. `Then,' said the principal, pointing to a seat beside his desk, 'sit down in that chair and die.' He went on to explain that any man who allowed a habit to get such a hold on him that he would die if he did not give way to it, was best dead. The would-be smoker looked first at the floor and then at the ceiling and then at the floor again. `Let us talk to God about this,' said the principal. They knelt together on the study floor. The principal prayed that God would glorify himself in this man's life. The brother rose from his knees, the craving gone. For a year he stayed at the college, and the temptation to smoke never returned."—Moody Church News.

What Athletes Say About the Cigarette

The current campaign on the air offers an Aladdin's lamp to the young woman of the twentieth century. Does she want steadier nerves, a better singing voice, or more perfect form? Cigarettes are falsely offered as the unfailing answer. Does the schoolboy want to play a better football game? Smoke more cigarettes, is the urge. Do you want to be a hero? Puff cigarettes continually. A cigarette in the mouth of every man, woman, and child in the United States — that is the outrageous goal of this advertiser.

Knute Rockne, athletic director of Notre Dame University, has stated that the makers of a well-known cigarette offered him $2,000 to sign a testimonial to the effect that his athletes always used their brand because it did not hurt their wind. Look at Charles Paddock, the world's fastest sprinter, does he dare to smoke? Could he have established his long string of world records if he had poisoned his system and weakened his heart with nicotine from the cigarette? Tv Cobb. who has retired as an outstanding leader in baseball says: "Too much cannot be said against the evils of cigarette smoking. It stupefies the brain, saps vitality, undermines one's health, and lessens the moral fiber of the man."—Sunday School Times.

Polluting the Blood Stream

You learned in grammar school that the lungs, mouth, the nose, and related air passages are covered by a mucous lining, comprising an area of a great many square feet over which the entire volume of the blood is spread every three minutes. You have seen what one mouthful of smoke can do to a white linen handkerchief. You must realize its similar effect upon this delicate membrane lining the respiratory system. And the blood, which comes to the lungs to be purified, absorbs these poisons instead; and carries them to the brain, the heart, and all the vital organs.

Many of you boys are looking forward to athletic success. In spite of the fact that you frequently see big, strong, husky men smoking cigarettes, have you ever stopped to think why it is that all the great athletic directors and trainers disapprove of smoking? There must be some vital reason why these men — who are not "religious cranks" or "foolish old women" trying to deprive boys of harmless pleasure — should be so firm in their opposition to smoking on the part of boys in their charge. They are men who know the human body. They have made it a point to learn what is necessary to put that body in the best possible condition for the strain and test of the athletic contests.—Sunday School Times.

What They Say:

Henry Ford: "The world of today needs men: not those whose minds and will power have been weakened or destroyed by the desire and craving for alcohol and tobacco, but instead, men with initiative and vigor, whose mentality is untainted by habits which are ofttimes uncontrollable."

Luther Burbank: "If I answered your question simply by saying I never use tobacco or alcohol in any form, and rarely ever coffee or tea, you might say that was a personal preference, and proves nothing. But I can prove to you most conclusively, that even the mild use of stimulants is incompatible with work requiring accurate and definite concentration."

Dr. J. Dixon Mann: "Tobacco smoke contains a formidable list of poisons, among which are the following: nicotine, pyridine bases, ammonia, methylammine, prussic acid, carbon monoxide, sulphuretted hydrogen, carbolic. Several of these are deadly in very small doses, so that the smoker cannot possibly escape their toxic effects."

Herbert Hoover: "There is no agency in the world that is so seriously affecting the health, education, efficiency and character of boys and girls as the cigarette habit. Nearly every delinquent boy is a cigarette smoker."

Thomas Edison: "Cigarette smoking has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing a degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics, this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable."

Red Grange (greatest football player of a decade) : "You cannot drink and smoke, and expect to succeed as an athlete."

Connie Mack: "We do everything in our power to discourage the use of cigarettes among our baseball boys, knowing the great harm that tobacco has done to those in the habit of using it."

Judge Crane of New York: "Cigarettes are ruining our children, endangering their lives, dwarfing their intellect and making them criminals fast. The boys who use them seem to lose all sense of right, decency and righteousness."

Judge Shaw of Michigan: "In every instance of juvenile delinquency in this court, I have found that the boys were cigarette users."

Judge Allen of North Dakota: "Every male juvenile delinquent brought before me for the last sixteen years has been a cigarette smoker."

Madame Schumann-Heink: "I want you to know that I have never smoked and I never will. I think, and I say it with all my heart, that it is a crime that you girls are poisoning your young bodies with smoking cigarettes."

Mrs. M. B. Mclarvan (President, American Association of Cosmeticians): "Women smokers' faces are sharper, lips are becoming pallid, corners of the mouth sag, lips commence to protrude and develop twitching habits and the eyes acquire a blank stare."

I have toured the United States and Canada many times. Wherever I go, I observe young women and old women, without embarrassment, freely puffing on cigarettes. I have little sympathy for the old gray-haired woman who has become a tobacco fiend, but it grieves me to see a young woman with possibilities of a pleasant and happy future, throw herself into the stream of gaiety, to sink beneath the rapids of intemperance.

The average young man is not favorably impressed with the idea of a cigarette fiend for a wife. The culture of a woman is soon lost in the smoking of cigarettes. If you have begun the use of cigarettes or intoxicating drinks, stop it . . . for it will in time destroy your strength, give you much trouble and make you old when you should be young.

Speaking of Colonel Charles Lind­bergh, a well-known writer says: "The flying Colonel spurned a large offer from a tobacco company for his endorsement of a popular brand of cigarettes."—Sunday School Times.

Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank, one of the world's best-known scientists, wrote: "You have seen pictures of military cemeteries near great battlefields. Upon every headstone is chiseled the inscription, 'Killed in action.' If one knew nothing about war, these headstones would be sufficient to impress upon him that war is deadly—that it kills.

"How much would you know about tobacco if upon the tombstone of every one killed by it were inscribed, 'Killed by tobacco'? You would know a lot more about it than you do now, but you would not know all, because tobacco does more than kill. It half kills. It has its victims in the cemeteries and in the streets. It is bad enough to be dead, but it is a question if it is not sometimes worse to be half dead—to be nervous, irritable, unable to sleep well. Sunday School Times.

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