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Church issues statement on Word of Wisdom

The church’s statement mentions vaping and e-cigarettes as prohibited substances.

Foliage and the Salt Lake Temple on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement on the Word of Wisdom.

The church’s statement mentions vaping and e-cigarettes as prohibited substances.

The statement also cautions that substances like marijuana and opioids “should be used only for medicinal purposes as prescribed by a competent physician.”

Read the full statement below.

“The Word of Wisdom is a law of health for the physical and spiritual benefit of God’s children. It includes instruction about what foods are good for us and those substances to avoid. Over time, Church leaders have provided additional instruction on those things that are encouraged or forbidden by the Word of Wisdom, and have taught that substances that are destructive, habit-forming or addictive should be avoided.

“In recent publications for Church members, Church leaders have clarified that several substances are prohibited by the Word of Wisdom, including vaping or e-cigarettes, green tea, and coffee-based products. They also have cautioned that substances such as marijuana and opioids should be used only for medicinal purposes as prescribed by a competent physician.”

The church’s statement arrives after New Era, a church-run publication focused on teens and youth, published information on the Word of Wisdom, too.