August 22, 2017

Suicide … By Russian Roulette or Tobacco!

By Luther W. Martin

Judas Iscariot committed suicide . . . but he had betrayed our Saviour! Many people today deliberately
follow a suicidal course, yet perhaps they never admit it to anyone, least of all to themselves.


Possibly our readers have heard of 'Russian Roulette' . . . a 'game' in which a six-shooter is used . . . with
only one live bullet in the cylinder. The participant in this 'game' spins the cylinder of the revolver and then
without looking to see where the live bullet is in the gun places it against his temple and pulls the trigger. He
has a FIVE to ONE chance of coming out alive . . . but if the snap of the trigger puts the one bullet in the
chamber of the gun, then he's no longer in the land of the living.


Doubtless, there's not a single reader of this paper who would be willing to engage in 'Russian Roulette.'
At least, I sincerely hope that we all have a greater respect for God's word and God's creation than to try to
destroy either one.


But What About The Use of Tobacco?


Numerous men and women who claim to be Christians and who would never consider the above described
murderous game, will deliberately flirt with suicide only in a more socially acceptable form and not quite so
abrupt as Russian Roluette.


1954 Federal Trade Commission Ruling!


In 1954 the Tobacco Industry was ordered to observe the following rules in their Radio, TV and printed
media advertising:


'(1) Should not contend in any way that cigarette smoking 'is beneficial to health in any respect.'


(2) Should not contend in any way that cigarette smoking 'is not harmful or non-irritating.'


(3) Should not 'imply medical approval.' Should not refer to 'throat, largynx, lungs, nose, or any other part
of the body, or to digestion, energy, nerves or doctors.'


(4) Should generally be limited to the subjects of 'quality, taste, flavor, enjoyment, and other similar matters
of opinion'."


The above Federal Regulation forced some advertisers to cease claiming . . . "Not a cough in a carload."
It produced new expressions such as . . . "A treat, not a treatment," etc.


1958 Yearbook of The Britannica Encyclopedia!


Most of our well-known diseases are being reduced by the progress shown by medical science . . . but NOT
SO with CANCER . . . especially LUNG CANCER! Please note the following quotation:


"During 1957, about 450,000 new cases of cancer were discovered in persons residing in the United States.
Deaths from this disease in the U. S. numbered approximately 250,000 during the year, a rate of 147 per
100,000 population. More men than women died of cancer, a proportion of 52 to 48, and this had been true
since 1949. This disproportionately higher death rate was due largely to the greater numbers of deaths from
lung cancer in men than in women."


"SMOKING AND LUNG CANCER -- During 1957, additional statistics were made available on the
association between smoking of tobacco (especially cigarettes) and lung cancer. Deaths from this form of the
disease among men with a history of regularly smoking two or more packages of cigarettes daily were 27 times
as high as among those men who never smoked regularly. Among one-pack-aday smokers, the cancer death
ratio was 14 to l."


Cigarettes-Pipe-Cigars . . . The End Is The Same!


During the month of April, 1958, scientists at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, released further
reports as to the cancerous effects of tars from pipes, cigars and cigarettes upon laboratory animals. We copy
as follows:


"Pipe tar produced a 44 per cent cancer rate and it took an average of 15.8 months for cancer to appear.


"Cigar tar showed a 41 per cent cancer rate and average latency period of 11.7 months.


"Cigarette tar produced 37 per cent cancers and took an average of 15.7 months to appear."


"Whereas cigarette smoking has been found to be largely correlated with cancer of the lung and throat
(presumably due to the practice of inhalation), pipe and cigar smoking have been associated with mouth
cancers, where the pipe stem or cigar butt, and resulting smoke, tar and juices, are in intimate contact with the
oral cavity tissues."


Time Magazine, May 5, 1958!


The latest national publication to participate in reporting the dangers of using tobacco is Time Magazine.
We copy as follows:


"People who doubt that heavy cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer have argued that there
could be no real proof until comparison was made between groups of smokers and non-smokers who are
identical in all other major respects. Some have insisted that the villain in the lung-cancer picture is industrial
air pollution. This week, under Los Angeles' smoggy pall, researchers reported on a study designed to refute
both arguments.


"Dr. Ernest L. Wynder of Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute and Dr. Frank R. Lemon of the College
of Medical Evangelists in Loma Linda made a joint report to the California Medical Society. Basis of their
study: 8,692 patients admitted to eight Seventh-day Adventist hospitals in southern California in 1952-56. Of
these, 564 were Seventh-day Adventists who did not smoke or drink because their religion forbids, while 8,128
were of persuasions that take no stand on tobacco or alcohol, so many, but not all, both smoked and drank. All
patients had either cancer or coronary artery disease, or had suffered heart attacks.


"Since the Adventists made up 8.8% of the total, and were comparable in age, sex, occupations, residence
and other key characteristics, they might have been expected to be afflicted by disease in the same proportion.
Not so, Drs. Wynder and Lemon found. Items:


"Against an expected ten cases of lung cancer among Adventists, there was only one, a man who died of
lung cancer in 1955. He had smoked a pack a day for 25 to 30 years before joining the church in 1941, then
had sworn off. (As a former metal worker, he may have been exposed to cancer-causing substances.)


"Heart attacks were only 60% as common among Adventist men as among other men (though equally
common in women of both groups), and occurred at later ages: only 2% before age 44, as against 8% among
non-Adventists; 12% before 54, as against 30%; and 38% before 64, as against 62%.


"Cancer of the mouth, larynx or gullet, which has been associated by Dr. Wynder with a combination of
heavy smoking and hard drinking (Time, June 13, 1955) was only 10% as frequent among Adventist males;
the single case recorded was cancer of the lip."


Can a Christian afford to injure his or her health, or shorten their lives through the use of toboccos? The
above-given statistics should provide an emphatic NO!


"Walk as children of light . . . Proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord." (Eph. 5:10.)


"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good; abstain from every form of evil." (I Thess. 5:21-22.)


"Know ye not that vour body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and
ye are not your own; for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body." (I Cor. 6:19-20.)


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will
of God." (Romans 12:1-2.)


Suicide by Russian Roulette is merely more abrupt and direct, than through the use of tobacco over a long
period of time!


Truth Magazine II:11, pp. 20-21
August 1958

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