Chacham Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, in his motzei Shabbos shiur, came out strongly against smoking in the chareidi community.
He made reference to the local custom of a choson giving out cigarettes to his friends, calling it foolish, suggesting the distribution of sweets as an alternative. He advises roshei yeshiva who see talmidim smoking to rebuke them immediately.
The Rav made reference to a proposal by Deputy Health Minister (Yahadut HaTorah) to raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes by a shekel, stating that one who is willing to pay NIS 20 for a pack to smoke will spend another shekel or two without hesitation, discounting the validity of the move.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)