If someone smokes only once a year, on Purim, is one allowed to do so? To be detailed, this is an adult over the age of 20, a young working professional, and will not get addicted to the one cigar.
11 is all you need to get hooked– samMar 24, 2016 at 5:15
4Doesn't that adult have better things to do with his time?– Double AA ♦Mar 24, 2016 at 5:48
1@DoubleAA and his life?– ertert3terteMar 24, 2016 at 5:53
1Ask a MD if there is a risk with exposure of 1 Cigare/year. (joking aside)– koutyMar 24, 2016 at 8:35
My doctor told me that if I smoke once a year, on Purim, then זייט געזונט– ChaimJul 27, 2016 at 0:51
I assume you are asking about the health risk that smoking causes.
In general, and as documented here on MY, regular smoking is forbidden.
However smoking once a year is a different story as it is like many other low-risk activities that one engages in, e.g., driving for recreational purposes or some more dangerous sports. As I documented at length here, many low-risk activities are permitted, e.g.,
- based on what society considers reasonable (R Moshe Tendler)
- when danger is minimal and disaster rarely occurs (R Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky)
As always CYLOR for specific cases.
2+1 for researched answer. However, a large caveat. IMO, is that I think its a horrible idea to smoke in clear presence of young children whether they are your own or others. Many years ago, while delivering mishloach manot in my neighborhood, a van of "evyonim collectors" stopped on the street. The majority of the men were smoking while young kids were delivering their packages. It's a tasteless example to do this publicly in the presence of parents who try to teach their kids not to smoke.– DanFMar 24, 2016 at 15:10
@DanF for what it is worth I fully agree that smoking is a terrible idea. So is drinking beyond the very reasonable– mblochMar 24, 2016 at 15:11
@DanF I wonder how considerations like those configure themselves into Halacha, if at all.– ChaimJul 27, 2016 at 0:54