Stinky Cigarettes!

When our kids were small I did what my mother did with us—I talked to them about cigarettes.

We’d drive past the nearby high school and see a group of teenagers on the corner smoking. I’d say, “Look, kids! Do you see what I see? Do you see what those big kids are holding in their hands? Look! Those are stinky cigarettes!

“Do you know why they are smoking them? It’s because they think it makes them look cool. Do you think they look cool?  Noooooo!  They look silly, don’t they!

“Do you know what those stinky cigarettes are going to do to their teeth? After a while their teeth will get stained a yucky brown color. Right now, their breath already smells stinky. Their clothes smell stinky and their cars and houses all smell like stinky cigarettes. I’m sure glad I don’t smoke stinky cigarettes. They’re gross!”

Talking to them in this way, early on, began to mold their thoughts about cigarettes. One day I met a friend in the mall who was holding a cigarette in her hand.  Our four-year-old daughter kept pulling at me to leave. When I asked her why, she said, “That lady has a stinky cigarette!”

I remember as teenagers, from time to time, they would report to me their disappointment when certain friends had succumbed to this terrible habit. It didn’t surprise me that smoking was never something they wanted to try.


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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19 Responses to Stinky Cigarettes!

  1. Mary Ann says:

    I really love reading your blogs–Keep up the good work! They are so meaningful to read. It’s what everyone should be doing with their lives today: Live lovingly, honorably and godly – not hard but not known to so many in the world today. Thank you!

  2. Florence says:

    This is good. There are so many things parents need to start very early talking to their children about that will help mold their lives as is God’s wishes.

  3. Carol says:

    A very good illustration of how to put that scripture into practice. Thanks for sharing this anecdote Kathleen.


  4. Debbie says:

    Kathleen, I really liked your approach because you made your case for why cigarettes are stinky. You shared your values and explained the reasons why smoking is bad for you: brown teeth, health ramifications. Isn’t that the best way to teach our kids about faith? God is good because He showers us with grace for every situation in our lives. God is love because He forgives our sins and sees us created in His image. The “why” makes the “what” even richer!

  5. Sandra says:

    That is a wonderful way to teach children to dislike cigarettes and see them in a very bad (and stinky) light. Good job, Kathleen! I’ll pass this on to my kids to use with their young children. Thanks!

  6. Matthew says:

    Great post! You said what you needed to say and no more. That is exactly the way I talk to my children about cigarettes, or anything else that I know is wrong. Plus talk up the good things God has for us.

  7. Linda says:

    Not only are they stinky but second hand smoke from my parents when I was forced to sit in the back seat traveling cross country while they smoked in a closed up car caused me to come down with COPD later in life. But it is interesting that the one thing that repulsed our children from smoking was opening up their Christmas gifts from my parents. The nicely sewn dresses, or anything in the box, always stank of smoke. The couldn’t stand to wear any of my mother’s beautifully made dresses until everyting was washed thoroughly. And they also saw how smoking killed their grandfather (lung cancer).

  8. Kristi says:

    My father and mother used to smoke when I was very young, they quit though, Thank Jesus Christ they did!!

    I have never smoked in my life, I personally do not like the smell of smokers!!

    Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ said, Not do anything in excess because our Bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

  9. Frank King says:

    Very cool how you planted that seed so early. During all the years we had family Bible study, cigarettes is one subject I never discussed with any of our six children–at least not directly. But as far as I know, none of them have ever smoked those stinky cigarettes.

    • Kathleen says:

      I’m glad to hear it, Frank! But I’m sure you lived an exemplary life. Your children simply watched you and followed in your footsteps. You are blessed.

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