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There is a machlokes haposkim on this matter. Igros Moshe wrote in 1964 that since there is a possibility of danger from smoking, one should refrain from doing so, however, it is not forbidden because "Shomer Psaim Hashem", Hashem guards the fools. In 1981, R' Moshe wrote that the danger of smoking is no more than the danger of eating unhealthy foods, ...


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To add to the answer(s) about R' Moshe Feinstein's Pesak, R' Dr. Moshe D. Tendler, son-in-law of R' Moshe Feinstein, has been an outspoken advocate for banning smoking 'Al Pi Halachah, and he has publicly stated (in fact, I've been present in a large audience where he has stated) that he firmly believes R' Moshe Feinstein's Pesak would have been very ...


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Natai Gavriel (Shidduchim V'Tanaim 23:17) says this is not a good custom - and recommends giving out delicacies instead - but in the footnote notes that מנהגי לעלוב does bring this custom as a way of avoiding Eiyen Hara - in other words, of reducing any jealous reaction among those who hear the news.


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According to the CRC-Chicago it needs a Hashgacha Does the juice or flavor for electronic cigarettes pose kashrus issues? Yes. Electronic cigarettes convert a specially formulated liquid into a vapor which the person inhales in a manner that mimics the way one inhales from a traditional cigarette. The liquid (which is sometimes called “juice”...


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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 health benefits (digestion, palate cleansing, appetite inducing, blood flow etc.) R. Shmuel Abuhav (c. 17th cen.; Dvar Shmuel §156) denounced smoking as another ...


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To echo above answer: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein strongly discouraged it and prohibited new use, but couldn't quite prohibit existing smokers from continuing their awful habit (and as such, allowed one to give a smoker a light if asked), despite protests from his student Dr. Fred Rosner. Some 15 years later, in light of further medical proof of just how awful ...


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Original source: http://revach.net/article.php?id=3388 My edited and shortened version Tasting something and then spitting it out without digesting does not require a bracha (Shulchan Aruch 210:2). This happens when tasting something to see if spices are needed . The Magen Avraham (210:9) questions whether a bracha is required when smoking.It is similar ...


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What you are asking - whether smoking can be considered eating/drinking - is actually the subject of a disagreement in the Rishonim. Tosafos (AZ 66b) directly imply that smoking is considered drinking. The Rif (Chullin 32 [in Rif pages]) directly implies otherwise. This all comes to the fore in the Halachic question of ריחא מלתא - whether 'scent is a thing', ...


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According to Aish.com you may, because its not eating (source: "Teshuvot V'Hanhagot" by R' M. Sternbuch, II 290).


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It seems that R' Moshe Feinstein allowed one to provide fire/matches to a smoker, and did not think of this as lifnei iver. Igrot Moshe, Yoreh De'ah part 2, 49 (last sentence): Find more about this subject here.


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For a person with a doctor's prescription, marijuana is kosher and some marijuana derivatives have recently been approved by the Orthodox Union. For the question of use without a doctor approval, see Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana? .


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Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh (Yalqut Yosef) clearly states in Orahh Hayim 550:23 - מותר לעשן בימי תעניות צבור, זולת בתשעה באב שראוי להמנע מעישון סיגריות, ובפרט בפרהסיא, כדי שלא יסיח דעתו מאבילות היום. ובעת הצורך מותר לעשן גם בתשעה באב כשעושה כן בצינעא, ובפרט לאחר חצות היום. ובשאר צומות, אף הנוהגים לעשן ביום טוב על ידי הדלקה מאש לאש, דחשיב אצלם לענין זה כאוכל נפש,...


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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 stealing the household terafim (idols). I heard from Rav Zev Smith (my Rosh Yeshiva's son-in-law (Stolin)), that he personally asked Rav Pam, why she suffered for ...


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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. With regards to smoking the Chaftez Chaim writes that for those who can't read(in beg of his piece he talks about how newspapers are a big time waster) the ...


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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, cigars, and pipes, saying that the yeshiva should be a "no-smoking zone" all 24 hours a day: .בלי הבדל אם פאפיראסן או סיגארן ופיפקעס, ואיסור זה חל על כל ...


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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 ...


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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 smelling pleasant scents on Yom Kippur. (Interestingly, he notes that on Tish'ah BeAv he was particular to only use plain snuff, without a pleasant smell.) However, ...


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Based on current science it is 100% forbidden for someone to smoke. The Bobover Rebbe - HaRav Shlomo Halberstam Zatzal - used to smoke, yet when it became clear that it was unhealthy stopped cold turkey.


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HaRav Moshe Levi ZSWQ"L (Birkat Hashem vol. 3 12:3) and Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef Zswq"l (Hazon Ovadia - Tu Beshvat/Berachot pg. 331) write not to make a blessing on snuff.


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The Mishna Berura (555:8) rules one should not smoke on any of the 4 [Temple-related (?)] fasts unless one is extremely addicted whereby he can be lenient in private. This leniency was not given to Tisha bAv night or morning.


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No one has brought up this angle, but second hand smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers which means that if you are smoking, even outside, or even in your own home, and someone with asthma happens to come by and gets triggered - that can be fatal. Just like we forbid leaving fingernails where they can cause a miscarriage, the same thing should ...


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According to the cRc they probably do. However I disagree. Se what I have written here. The same argument applies here as well, except with an added leniency: You don't know whether there is non-kosher stuff inside there, and even if there is, it is mixed into the tobacco and unrecognizable. Thus it could be said that even the Rema would agree to be lenient ...


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Harav Eliyahu Ben Haim says that it Asur to smoke becuase of Wenishmartem. He specifically quotes Harav Moshe and says he was wrong.


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstin writes in Igrot Moshe (OH vol. 5 ch. 34) writes that it is shaveh l'khol nefesh. More accurately, he writes that the custom is for smoker to smoke on Yom Tov as well. Although he notes that it could be argued that this is not shaveh l'khol nefesh since people avoid smoking due to health concerns, he concludes that it is difficult to ...


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From the Biur Halacha in siman 511 it seems to not be dependant on a particular statistic, but rather on general regularity of use. Concerning smoking he writes: והרבה מקילין, ועיקר טעם כולם משום דעכשיו שהרבה רגילין בזה נעשה שוה בכל נפש. Notice his use of the word הררבה, many, he did not write רוב or מיעוט המצוי. Simply הרבה, meaning many. Another ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe reports that the Previous Rebbe said that the Rebbe Rashab (the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe) would smoke on Pesach after the Afikoman. The Rebbe Rashab also requested from his son (the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe) to bring him cigarettes for Pesach. However, the bulletin put out by the Crown Heights Beis Din warns that people have found ...


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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 ...


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It seems to me that, regardless of whether bits of tobacco find their way to the stomach, this is obviously not eating in any meaningful sense, and thus would not be subject to a food berachah.


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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, ...


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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), you are not allowed to obey him. However, if eating the food is not an outright סכנה, but merely harmful to him (מזיקו), then you should obey your father's ...


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