Smoking in Tefillin


May one smoke cigarettes while wearing Tefillin?[1]

One is to avoid smoking cigarettes while wearing Tefillin in public due to it being belittling to the Tefillin. In private however one may be lenient. As well if one feels he needs to smoke in order to clear his mind for Torah learning with his Tefillin, then it is allowed to smoke even in public.


[1] Piskeiy Teshuvos 40/8

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