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Tobacco is a narcotic and therefore its use has always been discouraged by The Salvation Army. Since 1975 complete abstinence has been required of its soldiers. This applies to all forms in which tobacco can be used, not only for the smoker concerned but Christian courtesy presupposes a concern also for those who are passively affected by the smoking habits of others.
The Salvation Army accepts the overwhelming evidence presented by medical science of the injurious effects of tobacco on the body and believes that the Bible supports the acceptance of this discipline for Christ’s sake (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).