1- “Because I like it.”
Ans. “And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passion and the lust thereof” (Gal. 5:24). “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). “Christ shall be magnified in my body” (Phil. 1:20).
2- “I like to be sociable.”
Ans. “Go forth unto Him without the camp bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13). “Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God; whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God” (Jn. 4:4). “Come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Cor. 6:17). “She (all) that giveth herself to pleasure is dead while she liveth” (1 Tim. 5:6). “My little children, guard yourselves from idols” (1 Jn. 5:21).
3- “Because I don’t believe it does me or anybody else any harm.”
Ans. “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). “We walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). “Faith cometh by hearing the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil; wherefore be ye not foolish but understand what the will of the Lord it” (Eph. 5:15-17). “There are good works that are evident, and such as are otherwise cannot be hid” (1 Tim. 5:25).
4- “It soothes my mind.”
Ans. “Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee” (Eph. 5”14. “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof” ((Rom. 13:14). “Be sober, be watchful (alert of mind)” (1 Pet. 5:8).
5- “It is no one else’s business, just so I please myself.”
Ans. “Ye are not your own, ye were bought with a price, glorify God therefore in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). “Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good unto edifying, for Christ also pleased not himself” (Rom. 15:2). “Wherefore if meat (smoking) causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat (smoke) no more forevermore, that I cause my brother to stumble” (1 Cor. 8:13).
(Smoking is a carnal lust, crucify it, ere it enslaves you).