In response to this letter on Matzav: I’m a head and neck, ear nose and throat surgeon. I get paid to cut out peoples tongues and throats when they get cancer. Besides the heart attacks that smoking causes, there is COPD, where people can not breathe. Lung disease, artery disease. I tell people ALL DAY LONG do not smoke -ever – and that the only good cigarrette is the one you DO NOT SMOKE AND THROW AWAY. I have patients who tell me if they knew at a young age what they know now they would never have picked up smoking. It is not worth it. You have to be crazy to smoke in todays age = it is reality!
Yes it is true = we have to eat properly, sleep properly, excercise. It IS a mitzva to take care of your health and it is an aveirah to put your life in potential danger. OTOH the yetzer hara puts obstacles in peoples lives – to induce them to get sick so they have to run from doctor to doctor =or worse – so they would learn less Torah and do less mitzvos!
I dont want such business (and I see plenty of head and neck cancer cases) and would rather people live long and happy lives! (So I can sit in beis medresh and learn!)
Daven for all the cholei amo Yisroel and hope not be one of them!
Pesach Ledereich, MD