+0
Hi

Would you say that the following sentences are equally natural with a very slight difference in meaning?

Smoking is injurious to health.

Smoking is injurious to the health.

Thanks,

Tom
Comments 
Mr. TomHi

Would you say that the following sentences are equally natural with a very slight difference in meaning?

Smoking is injurious to health.

Smoking is injurious to the health.

Thanks,

Tom

Injurious - is not really idiomatic to most American ears. In fact, I can't ever remember hearing anyone saying " injurious" referring to smoking. We can convey relatively the same meaning with:
Smoking is hazardous to you health.
Smoking can endanger your health.
Smoking is a health risk.
Thanks, dimsumexpress!

So, are these the same?

Smoking is hazardous to your health.

Smoking is hazardous to health.

Smoking is hazardous to the health.

Tom
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
If you are a smoker and you are in your doctor's office for a check-up, I would wager a $1.00 that this is what he will say: Smoking is hazardous to your health. You shoul consider quitting.

To health and the health - would be considered awkward, if not incorrect.
Smoking is hazardous to health. -

Smoking is hazardous to the health.

You can say" smoking is a health hazard"

Mr. TomWould you say that the following sentences are equally natural with a very slight difference in meaning?

Smoking is injurious to health.

Smoking is injurious to the health.
Hi Tom,

I agree that 'hazardous' would be the more commonly used adjective here in the US. However, that certainly does not rule out a possible use of 'injurious'. It would also quite common to hear people say 'hazardous to your health'.

If you use 'health' rather than 'your health', then your statement would be a more impersonal statement of general fact. For example, you might say this:

- Researchers and doctors agree that smoking is injurious to health.

If you used 'the health', I would expect it to be followed by the word 'of'. For example:

- Nowadays most people agree that smoking is hazardous to the health of the smoker as well as everyone in the vicinity of the smoker.