Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES
Text: “Bless the LORD; O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103: 2-5.
Comment: When the Psalmist said that God satisfies His people with good things so that the youths are renewed with strength like eagle’s, smoking of tabacco is obviously not one of such good things. Stating that approximately one-third of all cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to tobacco the Encyclopaedia Britannica Student and Home Edition 2012, “ asserts that “in the United States lung cancer kills more women each year than breast cancer” and that “smoking is also a major cause of bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, laryngeal cancer, oral cancer, and esophageal cancer”. Smoking has long been recognized as a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease, the risk being greater the more one smokes. The point is that the carbon monoxide present in cigarette smoke binds to hemoglobin in the blood, making fewer molecules available for oxygen transport. “In addition, coronary blood flow is reduced, forcing the heart to work harder to deliver oxygen to the body.” Also, “Women who smoke are more likely to experience infertility and miscarriage (spontaneous abortion).”
Since smoking leads to chronic diseases every right thinking person would quickly quit the habit on the basis of clear medical advice. The Bible says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:9) And that “If thou be wise, .thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.” – Proverbs 9:12.