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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 come from it, it would not just be allowed, but it would be a mitzvah to steal, take away from, and ultimately destroy your friends' cigarettes from them, as it ...


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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 could end up in jail for doing something like this, I hope you don't plan on doing this.


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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 selling include Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg, Rabbi Moshe Stern, and Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg.


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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 let his young children become accustomed to this [smoking] even if he himself is accustomed.


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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 inhalation of known toxins and possibly forbidden foods. R' Daniel Stein published a TorahWeb.org article titled "Are Vaping and E-Cigarettes Kosher?" in ...


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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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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 Chai Uziel ztz"l in shu't Mishpetei Uziel and R' David Shlush ztz"l in shu't Chemda Genuza, among other poskim. Although their psak was specific to electric ...


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