Section: Questions Category: Halacha
|Halacha - smoking|
|Submitted by anonymous Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
Actually your question is based on an inaccurate assumption. Recent scientific studies have proven that even a single cigarette causes permanent changes in the chemical structure of the brain and can lead to addiction as well as reduced heart function etc. Therefore, it is absolutely forbidden to smoke even just one cigarette.
Visitor Comments: 2
Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-12-17 16:04:48
First of all, most people can and do refrain from smoking. More basically, your quote means that Chazal would not enact a takana that most people cannot uphold. However this is not a Rabbinic decree; it is an interpretation and application of what the Torah writes that one must preserve his life an health.
Anonymous, 2008-12-13 16:41:34
How would this explain "EIN GOZRIM GZERA SHEIN HARABIM YECHOLIM LAAMOD BA?
Please correct me if I quoted wrong.