I've heard that before smoking a cigarette, Briskers make it a point to drink something shehakol and are mechaven the cigarette...
Why do they do this?
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A source is the Ksav Sofer's response to Rabbi Akiva Kornitzer, who claims that MaHaram Benet did that:
אמנם עיין בשו"ת כתב סופר סי' כ"ד שדן בענין ברכה על עישון, וכתב שהמהר"ם בנעט היה נוהג לברך על כוס מים שהכל לפני שהיה מעשן סיגריה.
Hat tip: Din.org.il's Teshuva on the subject.
The Ksav Sofer's Teshuva is about a page long - and he refers to smoking as שתיית טוטין.
BTW: He says that if you [claim you need to] make a Shehakol beforehand, you should drink enough that you can also make the Brocho [of Borei Nefoshos] afterwards.
Here's a screenshot fo the relevant passage: