The Eleventh Commandent?
July 23, 2009 6:41am CST
It seems that "Thou Shalt Not Smoke" is the 11th Commandment as it seems to be a sin in all public places when include places of worship. This being the case why is the burning of incense still allowed? Your comment? Incase you think that burning incense sticks or incense cones is harmless activity you may want to reconsider after you read the list of toxic stuff that comes from the burning tip of an incense stick: Similar to second hand smoke, pollutants emitted from incense burning in a close area are clearly dangerous to your health. Particulate matters (PM), and some of volatile organic compounds, ketones, xylenes, and ambrette, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, diethylphthalate (DEP) are toxic to the lung and produce allergies in the skin and eyes. It is relatively difficult to directly study the effect of incense smoke pollutants on health, several epidemiological studies have provided evidence that they do cause health problems and raise cancer concerns. http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/should-incense-be-outlawed-raises-cancer-and-asthma-risks-408317.html
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24 Jul 09
Burning of incense is a religious tradition while smoking is not. You burn incense at a particular time, during mass or other religious ceremony and not lit all day. A smoker has no particular time when he/she want to smoke. As long as it is done ONLY in a smoking area its fine by me and in the comfort of the smokers home. Got no problem with that.
• United States
24 Jul 09
Actually there are Native American religious cerimonies where smoking is a part. An atheist who smokes may argue that the cig they have as soon as they wake up and after every meal is a tradition for them. I know several smokers who do smoke at certail times everyday, and they learned these times from their older family members. So they could be classified as family traditions.
23 Jul 09
I think it's wrong to tell anyone what to do about anything unless it's cause direct harm to other individuals. I don't care if someone chooses to smoke, as long as they don't blow the smoke in my face, or smoke in my home, then I couldn't care less what they do to their own bodies. I think putting a ban on smoking in places like bars is strange. A lot of bars don't mind having smoking and non-smoking sections, which I think is fine, because then you have a choice. However I do believe smoking in public places which are completely publicly open, meaning everyone from children to the elderly, should be banned. I think if you have 30 people smoking at an outside cafe, that amount of smoke just collects and wafts around everybody, and you can't just hold your breath for an hour. But in places like a bar or club? I think it should be sectional, and you should smoke if you want. I don't smoke, but even I don't like it when someone looks at my smoking friends with such a dirty look, like they're doing the worst thing on earth.
• United States
23 Jul 09
THey dont burn incence in my church but guess they do in others . ? I would say they are more toxic than Cig smoke. But I dont mind smoking outside even at my house for it gets me outside alot lol. BUt I think it is down right against our right that a whole town has a ban on smoking! And to me if this is all true the church should check in to it more and stop it!