Support Smoking!

…or your Bible might cost a whole lot more!

How so?

Apparently, the companies that produce the really thin paper Bibles are printed on would never make it if that were their only product. They are kept afloat by making paper for cigarettes.* So you owe a debt of gratitude to the legion of smokers who have allowed Bibles to be produced and sold at reasonable prices.

How’s that for a surprise?

*It turns out it’s essentially the same paper.

h/t Fr. Benedict

[I hope everyone realizes this is tongue-in-cheek; I detest smoking and would happily pay more for a Bible. I’m just sharing my amazement at the connection between cigarettes and Bibles.]

16 thoughts on “Support Smoking!

  1. I'd say it's worth the price to pay more for Bibles, even though would mean that those of us who are able would subsidize the cost of Bibles for those who would otherwise be unable to afford them.


  2. They would not stop making Bibles if smoking didn't exist, or even if all of those paper companies went out of business. Humans made Bibles before paper wrapped cigarettes were popular. Bibles have been reproduced since they could be, and will be for as long as people endure. This is a false dilemma, logically inappropriate and really, actually, offensive. Not that I hold you responsible, I just had to voice my opinion.

    This also begs the question, so what? Do we all need a handful of cheaply made Gideon bibles? How many are in the landfill? Is having 3 or 4 copies of the BIble per household really improving humanity or bringing us closer to God? Just a thought, and I don't know the answer.


  3. Magda, Father pointed out to me that you probably meant that if the price of bibles increased, then people would *choose* to subsidize bibles for those who were unable to afford them, not that it would happen automatically as a result of the laws of economics.


  4. Alright I'm actually going to have to offend someone, in so far as, I do support smoking, it's the Libertarian in me. I support a person's right to smoke, though I don't and don't ever want my kids to and don't allow anyone to smoke around us. Also, if by some wonderful miracle the tobacco industry went under, I'd happily pay more for a bible. Just my two cents… now I'll go run and hide and hope I don't really offend anyone. πŸ™‚


  5. Mat. Anna, I got that you were tongue-in-cheek. πŸ™‚

    It is an interesting connection, and to be honest, I guess I don't get how it could be offensive…

    Anyway, I like your warning on the side bar.Is it new? I don't remember seeing it before.


  6. Thanks! Yes, it's new. I figured that it was only fair to warn people about what they were about to get into. People who look at Britcoms and then say, “why is that funny?” or write letters to the editor complaing about the insensitivity of The Far Side will probably not enjoy a lot of the things I think are funny and post about. I enjoy the absurd.


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