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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6 2013 3:13 p.m. MDT

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embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

I never go to church and I never smoke either, you religious folks don't have the market on good health cornered. Next, let's look at church-goers and cholesterol levels. Based on the waistlines I see on many, many residents in their Sunday finery, I'm betting they won't fare so-well in that category.

Smoking is a horrible part of our society perpetrated on us by so-called Christian leaders of old. The God-fearing men so often brought up in the church-state arguments who were actually slave-owning tobacco producers. You know Jefferson, Washington, et.al. People love to tout what good god-fearing politicians we have in Utah...Like Orrin Hatch who accepts huge sums of cash from Phillip Morris...The Cigarette people. There's a whole lotta hypocrisy goin' on!

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Makes sense, I can think of plenty of churches that discourage smoking, but can't think of one other than the LDS church (I'm sure others exist but they're not large denominations) that make it a hard and fast rule that would keep someone from something like baptism because of it.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Smokers by religious affiliation
• Mormons: 8 percent.
• Jews: 10 percent.
• Catholics: 18 percent.
• Protestants/Other Christians: 20 percent.
• Muslims: 23 percent.
• No formal religious affiliation: 26 percent.

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Is it just me,
or did anyone else notice that "Mormons" are once again not considered "Christians" in this poll?

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

News Flash!!

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

This one made me chuckle as I couldn’t help imagining a published study that looked at five different birds and a whale and reached the (who funded this?) conclusion that the whale was the least likely to fly.

Thanks for the levity DN…

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

@LDS Liberal

Neither were Catholics. But I think the disparity of 8% vs. 20% was enough to separate it.

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

@Tyler D

Its an off political year for Gallup. They are probably bored and were looking for something to study to pass the time. :)

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with girls who do!

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

While some LDS people have large waistlines and your typical ward activity food is something that would make me attend it only as a matter of sustaining the leaders while I abstain from the food, I have to say that LDS influence overall improves the fitness of the population. Over the last 15 years of running in the Provo/Orem area I have frequently made on-the-run friends with a lot of people that were comfortable at 8:00 per mile or faster. Over 95% were active LDS and return missionaries. If you randomly approach a young man in a store in Provo/Orem, you will not get 95% active return missionary rate. For a comparison, on a trip in Montreal - much higher population density - in Monte Royal park I could not find one person that could run 8:00 - comfortably or not.

Michigander
Westland, MI

Sorry, but we win. The smoking rate among members of The Church of Jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, PA) is 0.0%.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

@Mountanman ... There's worse girls. My grandmother smoked a pipe and chewed tobacco. Old girl could hit a cuspidor 10 feet away, and that's the truth. Hard shell Baptist girl, she was. To this day I've never tasted a biscuit as good as what she made.

So be careful. You might not know what you're missing. lol

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Tyler D., I have to agree with you. I'm LOL, especially at the comments!

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