Are Tabaco Leaves in the Category of Chametz?

05.12.18

Pergunta

Shalom, I wanted to know what is the rule regarding Tabaco leaves: is it chametz or is it not chametz? And what is the reasoning for this?
Thank you very much.
 

 

Resposta

Peace and Blessing
 
Tabaco leaves for smelling or for smoking are not chametz. However, the alcohol that is used to soak the leaves in could very well have been chametz.

Therefore, there are those poskim who say that one should not smoke or smell [them] during the days of Pesach without a certification of Kashrus in regard to the preparation of the Tabaco.

Source: Minchas Yitzchak 5:16.

With Blessings for Success,

Menashe Yisrael