Israel - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Calls on Faithful to Quit Smoking
Israel - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages, has warned his followers of the dangers of smoking, and stressed the importance and plausibility of quitting if one is already addicted.
‚ÄúDoctors are against smoking; they say it causes lung cancer. Whoever can refrain from it, all the better; he should take every effort to keep away from it,‚ÄĚ the senior Sephardi adjudicator said in his Saturday night televised sermon, which dealt with the laws of Jewish holidays.
‚ÄúA person who is used to smoking ‚Äď it‚Äôs hard to quit, but [he] should distance himself from it a step at a time,‚ÄĚ he continued.
‚ÄúPraise the lord, we do not smoke,‚ÄĚ Yosef said of himself.
Yosef also suggested a less harmful substitute for social instances where cigarettes are smoked.
‚ÄúThere are those in yeshivas who distribute cigarettes among friends when someone gets engaged,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúBetter to hand out candies than cigarettes. You start by smoking one cigarette, and then it becomes a habit, and then an addiction, and that is very bad,‚ÄĚ the senior adjudicator warned.
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