Okay, so to be clear this is NOT another post that the morality of smoking.
But, I do want to ask the question of what the proper place of smoking is in one’s life. I suppose that tobacco should only be used virtuously for the glory of God. In this case, should it only be a communal thing, such as a cigar while having a good conversation with a friend? Or myself, I like to relax, smoke a cigar, and do my spiritual reading once a week. I do not feel as if its right to smoke, for the sake of smoking. I feel as if it has to help facilitate or lead to some good. Agree? Disagree?
But then, what about cigarettes? Is it not virtuous (sinful is another question!) to smoke a cigarette just for its own sake? I really don’t believe that there’s any good that a minute of tobacco can help facilitate. Then again, maybe even this could be used in the praise of God somehow.
With all of this in mind, to not use tobacco can be offered up as a penance, right? Perhaps not partake in it on Fridays, or the soon to be here seasons of Advent and Lent. I mean, it is a legitimate good that we can use, so I’m also assuming that it can be “given up” as well for reasons of asceticism.
But even speaking more generally, where does smoking fit in with the spiritual life? Can it be different for each person? G.K Chesterton and Pier Frassati are two figures that might be useful to look to? Thoughts?