Is Vaping a Sin?
Vaping is when you use a small, handheld device such as e-cigarettes or vape pens to inhale various chemical particles including flavoring, nicotine or even drugs like marijuana.
An e-cigarette or vape pen heats a liquid of nicotine, chemical flavoring or drug substance into vapor that you inhale through a mouthpiece. E-cigarettes can be refillable or pre-filled with cartridges containing the e-liquid.
Vaping is not only practiced through the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens. Instead others use mods (customizable more powerful vaporizers) or any other electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS).
So vaping is similar to smoking a cigarette but vaping heats tiny particles out of a liquid rather than burning tobacco.
However is vaping a sin? Is vaping harmful to one’s health?
Problems with Vaping
- E-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a drug that is already highly addictive. Therefore children or adults who vape will certainly or eventually become addicted to the need for nicotine because of vaping.
- Vaping is a health risk which can cause lung damage or breathing problems and premature death.
- Young people or teenagers who vape are more likely to begin smoking regular (tobacco) cigarettes or begin using illegal drugs in the future.
- E-cigarettes were introduced under a false premise. From its conception vaping was promoted as “safer” than smoking regular cigarettes. It was also promoted with the intention of targeting children or teenagers in particular. E-cigarettes were also promoted under the false pitch that traditional smokers could use vaping or e-cigarettes as a method of quitting regular smoking.
- Vaping causes second-hand exposure. This means that people around you are exposed to nicotine and other chemicals when you vape, and this can damage the health of others around you.
What Does the Bible Say about Vaping?
Neither smoking nor vaping is mentioned in the Bible. However, we are expected by God to do whatever we can to keep healthy and not expose our bodies to any addictive or dangerous substances that can harm our bodies.
Therefore drugs such as nicotine are highly addictive and are capable of damaging our organs and affect our general health. Our bodies do not only belong to us, but your body also belongs to God.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Since vaping is addictive, it means that vaping can become an idol. We begin to use vaping as a means to satisfy our fleshly desires and a false concept of happiness. So eventually we seek drunkenness and intoxication and to be controlled by a dangerous substance rather than seek the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:12 says: “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
Therefore even though the Bible does not explicitly mention the words “smoking” or “vaping” the Scriptures advise us not to be enslaved by anything.
There is nothing particularly useful or edifying about vaping or smoking. Addiction eventually leads to sin and an unhealthy or sick body.
Second-hand exposure means that nicotine and other chemicals when you vape can damage the health of others around you.
Vaping is ultimately dangerous and unhealthy. Vaping facilitates addiction and the desire for stronger and more potent drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and so forth.
It is therefore important to avoid vaping or using any substances that cause addiction and poor health.