Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

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The Effects of the First Smoke

In his book, "The Cigarette as a Physician Sees It," Dr. Daniel H. Kress, Superintendent of the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital, Takoma Park, D. C., states in simple, forceful terms: "The best evidence of the effect of tobacco is to be seen when the first smoke is taken. Headache, nausea, and vomiting occur. But if the habit is persisted in, the body gradually builds up a 'tolerance.' This does not mean an immunity to nicotine. The nicotine continues to do its insidious work, but after a `tolerance' is established, the disagreeable reflex test simply ceases, and the body tries to make the best of a bad situation." He continues: "Because the evil effects of tobacco are not seen by the naked eye in the smoker's heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, stomach, and brain day by day as he smokes a cigarette, he thinks he is `getting by.' Tobacco kills slowly, but nevertheless surely. The smoker is committing suicide on the installment plan. The reckoning day is sure to come."

You hear frequent references to the nicotine in tobacco and its harmful effect on smokers. Perhaps you wonder just what it is and what form it takes. Dr. Kress says: "Nicotine is the poison depended upon by gardeners to kill insects and pests on plants. It is so deadly that it must be employed in a very dilute form, only a few drops to the pint of water. So virulent a poison is it that physicians have for years refrained from prescribing it. There is no antidote for tobacco poisoning, as there is for morphine poisoning, strychnine poisoning, and poisoning by some of the other drugs used in medicine." Sunday School Times.

Surgeons and Smoking

It is always difficult for a layman to try to make statements in the field of other professions, particularly hard for a layman to try to speak in medical terms, so it is much better for me to quote for you the actual statements of some of the world's greatest physicians.

At a dinner given to a group of eminent surgeons not long ago at Rochester, Minn., Dr. William J. Mayo, one of the famous doctor-brothers, who was the host on this occasion, made the announcement: "Gentlemen, it is customary, as we all know, to pass around cigars after dinner; but I shall not do it. I do not smoke, and I do not approve of smoking. If you will notice, you will see that the practice is going out among the ablest surgeons, the men at the top. No surgeon can afford to smoke."—Sunday School Times.

The Smoker's Level

At the Grand Central Station, New York, there are two levels from which to take the trains. Over the door of the Ladies' Lounge on the upper level is this inscription: "Smoking not permitted: It is allowed in the Ladies' Lounge on the Lower Level." So, lady, if you want to smoke, you will have to—descend.—Sunday School Times.

Young Women Beware

Dr. Brown, who has been with the Keely Institute, Los Angeles, California, for sixty years, is quoted as saying: "The cigarette is a greater menace to the young people of today than the open saloon ever was. Every young woman who came to us for treatment of the liquor habit was an inveterate user of cigarettes. She began her drinking after using cigarettes. If cigarettes could be prohibited in America, the liquor problem would be solved. In our institution we find that the history of every woman who comes to us for treatment could have this caption written above her name and record: Cigarettes, drink, dope!"—The Church of God Evangel.


Since the World War I Sergeant Alvin C. York, the famous hero of Tennessee, has given himself to the building of the Agricultural Institute, so that the youth of his native state may have better educational advantages. Asked by Beatrice Plumb, on a recent visit, "How are the schools?" his secretary replied: "Well, of course, we need money awfully badly, but the sergeant won't compromise to get it. This week a tobacco company offered him five hundred dollars for a five-minute radio talk about his war experiences—one hundred dollars a minute! But the sergeant doesn't smoke himself, and he doesn't believe in smoking. He said he wasn't going to sail under any false colors, and refused the offer. That's the sergeant!"—New Century Leader.

How He Knew

I passed an old man on the street the other day whose pink cheeks and clear eye and steady, elastic step attracted the attention of some high school boys who were near. "He would have made a jim dandy fellow on a track team when he was young," said one of the boys. "He can outsprint some of us now," said another. "You don't say! How old is he?" "Almost sixty." "Whew! How does he keep so young, do you suppose?" "Well, he never touched tobacco or whisky, for one thing." "How do you know so much about him?" "He happens to be my father, and so I know a good deal about him, and he's just the kind of man I mean to be myself."Sunday School Times

What Tobacco Did

A little boy was very sick. The doctors said only a transfusion of blood could save him. The father offered to give the blood. The doctors tested the father's blood and found too much of a tobacco taint to make it safe for use. Someone else, who did not use tobacco, was chosen, and this blood was so clean that it was used, and the child's life was saved.

A merchant consulted a physician. The doctor told him he was run down with nicotine poisoning, and advised him to go to Hot Springs in Arkansas and have the nicotine sweated out of him. The man was very indignant at first, saying that he smoked only in moderation. But at last he consented to go. At the Hot Springs they gave him a hot bath to open up the pores of the skin. Then he was taken to the Turkish bathroom, a very hot, close room indeed. He was wrapped in a large, clean, white sheet from his neck to his heels; he was given cold water to drink, and a towel wet with cold water was bound around his head. Then he was placed on a couch and left there twenty minutes. How he did sweat! The sheet around him was as wet from perspiration as though it had been out in a rain. When they took the sheet off it was streaked with long stripes of tobacco stains, where the nicotine in his system had been drawn out by the perspiration and had stained the sheet.
"I was surely scared when I saw those brown streaks!" the merchant said when he told about it. It took eighteen hot and eighteen Turkish baths before the sheet came off from him clean of tobacco stains.—Lora S. La Mance in The Junior Class Paper.

When Ministers Cannot Deceive

At one of the many churches that employ the gambling game "Bingo" to rake in the shekels, a lady's purse was found during the course of the game. The priest announced the discovery and specified that the owner must identify it. A young lady stepped out and was asked to state what was within the purse. She named a number of articles and the priest asked, "And what else?" Rather shamefacedly she added, "A package of cigarettes." The priest handed her the bag, and, as she started away, stopped her to say, "I doubt whether the Virgin Mary ever smoked cigarettes." With a toss of her head, the maiden replied, "And I doubt whether the Lord Jesus Christ ever played Bingo." All of which goes to show that the churches that stoop to worldly methods of raking in the cash are not deceiving even the people who participate.Christian Standard.

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