Assur assur assur. That’s what we tell our youth. You can’t do this and you can’t do that.
Not all people say that, but some do. The astute mechanchim are just that. They are astute. They know how and when to pick their battles.
So now we have some perhaps well-meaning activists fighting against smoking. Smoking is not a good practice, to be sure. But it is what it is, and it is one of the only permitted outlets for our young men, our yeshiva boys.
Having been involved with youth for many years, I can tell you with certainty that the large majority of boys who smoke stop after they are married. Don’t believe the propaganda that the activists will try to sell you about young husbands dying from smoking. It’s a lie. Again, most boys who smoke stop after matrimony.
Let’s leave our young adults alone when it comes to things like this. If you don’t let them smoke, they will perhaps come to be drawn to other, more harmful influences.