The Salvation Army is totally opposed to the production, marketing and use of tobacco.
The Salvation Army, as a Christian Church and social welfare agency, believes that human beings are created in the image of God and that therefore the body should be treated with respect (1 Corinthians 3:16). Accordingly, The Salvation Army promotes the welfare of the body, as well as the mind and spirit.
Nicotine is amongst the most addictive substances known. The Salvation Army accepts the overwhelming evidence presented by medical science of the injurious effects of tobacco on the body. This relates to both those who smoke and to those subject to 'passive smoking' through their having to breathe in the smoke exhaled by smokers. Smokers suffer significant financial loss themselves and the cost of smoking in terms of national spending on health care is enormous.
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