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. 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.

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