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Stealing cigarettes

The Peirush "Shiurei Bracha" on Yoreh Deah 241 (brings a Zohar) that asks why our mother Rachel did not merit to enjoy many stages of parenthood? The answer is that she caused her father pain by ...
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Rabbinic Opinions on Smoking, before the 1950's

Both the Pnei Yehoshua (Shab. 39b s.v. בא״ד ואמר-אמנם) and R. Yaakov Emden (Mor U'ketzia §511) were clearly under the contemporary impression that smoking was not harmful, rather it carried multiple ...
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Rabbinic Opinions on Smoking, before the 1950's

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn) wrote a letter in 1943 concerning smoking in the main Lubavitch yeshiva, "Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim". He forbids smoking cigarettes, ...
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Rabbinic Opinions on Smoking, before the 1950's

The Chafetz Chaim has a beautiful piece about the effects of reading newspapers and smoking cigarettes(cigars) in Zechor L'Miriam 10(published 1925). I will attach the whole piece since it's amazing. ...
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Stealing cigarettes

The Chida (Birchei Yosef on Yoreh Deah 240:15) writes, in the name of Rav Yaakov Molcho, that if your father is ill and he demands that you feed him something that would be dangerous for him (סכנה), ...
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Using Snuff on Yom Kippur

R. Moshe Chagiz in his Leket HaKemach (Orach Chayyim Hilchot Tish'ah BeAv uShear Ta'aniyot) writes explicitly that inhaling snuff on Yom Kippur is permitted, as there is no prohibition against ...
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Berachot over flavored vaping/e cigarettes

The משנה ברורה in סימן רי ס״ק י״ז addresses the question of making a bracha before smoking pipe tobacco and states that there is no bracha recited. As far as smell is concerned, the ערוך השולחן ס׳ רטז ...
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Giving away cigarettes

Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl שליט״א, one of the foremost students of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach זצ״ל, and former Chief Rabbi of the Old City once told me that if not for the possible legal issues that may ...
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Snuff Bracha or lack thereof

באר היטב (216:32) writes not to make a bracha on regular, unflavored snuff (טואבק) inhaled by nose, because it is subject to a disagreement cited in Shulchan Aruch (ad loc., 6) regarding smells "שאין ...
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Selling an electronic cigarette to a minor

Since it is a felony to sell tobacco products or electronic cigarettes to minors in most civilized countries, it would be forbidden to do this based on the principle of "dina d'malchuta dina". You ...
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What are usual Jewish practices and doctrine for addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco?

I won't mention the tobacco element as it is dealt with quite comprehensively in the link provided by @Kazibacsi, however, I will note some sources about alcohol. Whilst wine plays an important part ...
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Using Snuff on Yom Kippur

Supplementing what JoelK mentioned, I see that Leket Hakemach mentions that it is common to smell besamim on Yom Kippur in order to fulfill the reciting of 100 Brachot during the day. (Thanks, JoelK ...
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Do i make bracha on smelling vapor from herbs?

Yes, it is like any other thing that you smell. Smelling is the beginning (the most spiritual aspect) of eating. So it is important to identify the source of the smell, whether from trees (עץ), or ...
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Selling an electronic cigarette to a minor

They are bad for your health and a minor may not fully understand this. This is why there are laws against selling certain items to minors. That being the case I would think this could fit under the ...
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Are you allowed to Vape on a fast day?

From Dinonline; Regular smoking is controversial and the Mishna Berura says not to smoke on Tisha B’av, except if the person is highely atticted to it, then he should only smoke after chatzos, and ...
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Is it halachically ok to buy and sell cigarettes?

Among important Sephardi Haredi rabbis, Rabbi Ben Tzion Abba Shaul and Rabbi Moshe Tzedaka called on youth not to start smoking. Other major Ashkenazi rabbis who explicitly forbade smoking and ...
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Igros Moshe citation: prohibiting giving a lighter to a smoker

Perhaps he was loosely referring to R. Feinstein's responsum in Igros Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2:76 where he writes: ולא יניח אדם לבניו הקטנים שיתרגלו בזה אף אם הוא עצמו נתרגל A person should not ...
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Is vaping prohibited?

TL;DR According to YU Rosh Yeshiva R' Daniel Stein (who cites the opinions of R' Herschel Schachter & R' Mordechai Willig among others), vaping should be avoided entirely, as it entails the ...
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

They are different opinions, CRC holds that you need a Hechsher but they certify www.dropsmoke.com juices, they are other Rabbonim who hold that you don't need a Hechsher.
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Electronic cigarettes on Yom Tov

Shalom u'vracha! Strictly speaking, it is forbidden because smoking is not ochel nefesh. There is no issur of nolad with electronic devices or electricity, as explained by Chacham Ben-Tzion Meir ...
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fruit-flavored tobacco Kashrut

The question is if the vapor is considered zeah (steam) assumably the discerning factor would be if the vapor would turn into moisture upon its settling on a surface. If it is considered zeah than it ...
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