Object Lessons

Cigarettes

Objects: A Toy Revolver which shoots cigarettes. (Can be purchased at a novelty store.)

Lying here on the table, boys and girls, is a very dangerous looking article—a revolver. I am sure you have been warned by your parents concerning the danger of playing with such a weapon. Every few days the newspapers tell of a boy who has either shot himself or a playmate by disobeying his parents in this respect. This revolver (designate) does not shoot bullets, but something in many respects worse. This revolver shoots out a form of poison. See what happens when I pull the trigger! (Demonstrate.) What are these things coming from the mouth of the gun? "Cigarettes," you say. Yes, these are cigarettes, and did you know that they contained, a form of poison which some boys and girls are shooting into, their bodies every, day? These same boys and girls would not think of playing with as dangerous a weapon as a revolver, nor shoot bullets into their bodies, yet they will shoot into their bodies the poison that comes from cigarettes. But, you say, cigarettes do riot kill anyone. Perhaps not, immediately, but wait! Doctors will tell you that cigarette smokers are not as able to resist disease as those who have never smoked; especially diseases of the lungs and respiratory organs. (Obtain illustrations from local doctor.)

Have you ever noticed the yellow stains on the fingers of a cigarette smoker? These are nicotine stains. Cigarettes leave the same stains on the lungs. This nicotine poisoning gets into the blood, often causing the complexion of a cigarette smoker to become yellow. The pores of his skin even secrete this poison when the system is full of it.

Statistics show, too, that this habit affects the mentality of a boy or girl. They can't think as they used to nor make the grades in their studies that they once did. This is often the way teachers in the public schools detect cigarette smokers among their pupils. Their records indicate, practically the very day that the pupil began to smoke.

God has given each of you a wonderful body, boys and girls. In the words of the Psalmist we are told, "I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."—Psalms 139:14. This body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit when a boy or girl accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour. "What, know ye not that your body is the TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which is in you . . . and ye are not your own?"—1 Cor. 6:19.

These bodies, then, are His temple and how careful we should be to take nothing into God's temple that will defile it in any way. The cigarette smoking habit generally leads to evil companionship which in turn keeps many boys and girls away from the Sunday school and church, and the Lord Jesus, who is longing to be their Saviour.

So shun the poisonous cigarette, boys and girls, as you would this dangerous weapon. "Wherefore, come ye out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the UNCLEAN thing."—2 Cor. 6:17.

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