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Is smoking permissible?

Traditionally, smoking (as well as use if other tobacco products) was considered permissible and treated like eating raw onion or garlic i.e. a person is to avoid going to Masjid or praying Salah if the smell is present in the mouth. [As stated by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan in Fatawa Rizviya]. However due to modern scientific research, some scholars are now inclined towards its impermissibility. Being disputed it would still be permissible for one to take either view, but due to the medical research it would be recommended to avoid.