Word of Wisdom forbids vaping and e-cigarettes, according to official Church statement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently released a statement regarding its stance on the use of vaping or e-cigarettes, coffee-based products, marijuana and opioids.

The Word of Wisdom, a revelation given through Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio, in February 1833, is a “law of health for the physical and spiritual benefit of God’s children,” according to the Aug. 15 statement. Found in Doctrine and Covenants section 89, the Word of Wisdom prohibits the use of several substances such as “wine or strong drink,” “tobacco” and “hot drinks” (Doctrine and Covenants 89:5, 7-8).

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Church leaders have provided additional instruction since then, “and have taught that substances that are destructive, habit-forming or addictive should be avoided,” the statement read.

Among these substances that are prohibited by the Word of Wisdom are vaping or e-cigarettes, green tea and coffee-based products.

Additionally, the statement listed substances such as marijuana and opioids that Church leaders have cautioned “should be used only for medicinal purposes as prescribed by a competent physician.”

Read the full statement on Newsroom.