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!
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.
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.====== Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that "Mormons"
are once again not considered "Christians" in this poll?
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…
@LDS LiberalNeither were Catholics. But I think the disparity of 8%
vs. 20% was enough to separate it.
@Tyler DIts an off political year for Gallup. They are probably
bored and were looking for something to study to pass the time. :)
I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with girls who do!
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.
Sorry, but we win. The smoking rate among members of The Church of Jesus Christ
(WHQ: Monongahela, PA) is 0.0%.
@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
Tyler D., I have to agree with you. I'm LOL, especially at the comments!