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Let's say someone quits smoking, and that person smokes electronics cigarettes. So regarding yom tov (chag), the only prohibition I can think of is Nolad every time you activate the heating element within the electronic cigarette. Doing this is a rabbinic prohibition. However what if the person did it in an abnormal manner (Shinui) or better yet if it's yom tov sheini. So in those two cases it's a shvus dshvus, and it's for tza'ar because lack of nicotine in a smoker causes many unpleasant side affects such as light headedness and nausea. Would the manner of using the electronic as listed above be permitted under those circumstances?

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Well, the difficulty is that you can also get nicotine from a tablet, a gum, or from a normal cigarette on Yom Tov, so it's not really a case of health issues. Activating the heating element may constitute the melocho of ma'avir, depending on what opinion you follow, and many e-cigarettes have a sponge-like material in the cartridges from which the vapor is released, possibly being an issue of dosh. Like all issues related to electronics on shabbos or yom tov, e-cigarettes are something that require case-by-case and device-by-device analysis by a qualified rav. – Tatpurusha Jun 3 '14 at 3:17
Its hard enough getting a hetter for the regular ones..... – user6591 Sep 7 '14 at 22:04

Electronic cigarette

An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking by producing a vapor that resembles smoke. It generally uses a heating element known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution. Solutions usually contain a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings,[1] while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine.[2]

As a matter of logic, the heating element can be considered to be like a fire that is "lit". This is not only a matter of completing a circuit, but of causing something to heat up. While you might say that "cooking" the nicotine out of is sufficiently "like" ochel nefesh to be mutar, you are still creating a new "fire". Since you are producing heat, this is not like the other types of electricity uses that some people say are mutar on Yom Tov (or Shabbos) because they do not turn on a light or produce heat.

This would be analogous to turning on the stove from a completely off position and not just raising or lowering the flame.

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I understand that there is an issue of creating a new flame. But a theoretical loophole would be to do it in an abnormal manner (derech Shinui) because then it becomes a shvus dshvus or better yet at least it should be more meikel regarding the second day of yom tov in the diaspora – David Feigen Jun 3 '14 at 23:45
@DavidFeigen We don't usually use Yom Tov Sheni as a Shevus. – Double AA Jun 3 '14 at 23:52
@DavidFeigen since the device is not set up to allow a "shinui" then it would not apply. – sabbahillel Jun 6 '14 at 3:41
You can use a Shinui if you use your knuckles – David Feigen Jun 6 '14 at 4:18

using the electric function is also a problem of binyan, at least according to the chazon ish

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Was this answer meant to be a comment? It doesn't really answer the question... – Shokhet Jun 3 '14 at 20:14
@Shokhet It answers the question by challenging its assumptions. This answer is suggesting that it is a Biblical violation, not Rabbinic, and therefore the reasoning offered would not apply. – Y ez Jun 12 '14 at 3:40
@YEZ I suppose..... – Shokhet Jun 12 '14 at 3:42
Did the Chazon Ish say that about battery operated portable devices or only devices that are attached to a house? – user6591 Dec 17 '14 at 2:36

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