Is it possible that air could contain impurities? If the air do contain impurities, would it be haram to breath in that air?

As an example when you pass by a pork market, it smells pork (and pork is impure), does that imply that even the smell of the pork is haram?

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  • Ask about passing by an alcohol distillation factory, it can actually make you drunk to breathe alcohol vapors. For a pork market, it doesn't look quite the same (and I never saw a market only for pork). Commented May 7, 2017 at 11:02
  • @user5751924 Have you got some source? Never saw this in any Muslim texts, and never meet someone who get drunk only by the air.
    – Quidam
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 16:12
  • @PEIRCE-NEIGE It can even be a business, I will have to try this wired.com/2015/08/brilliant-bar-gets-drunk-alcoholic-cloud Do you also want a medical study ? Commented May 7, 2017 at 16:16
  • It has nothing to see with the topic! it's intentional inhaling of booze, not really the same...And the site is not really... medical. Yes, medical studies are better, when they applied. Do you know you can become drunk by eating fruit + sugar on an empty stomach, and animals often become drunk by eating ripe fruit?
    – Quidam
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 2:04

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Please, see here for instance for a sum up of the different kind of impurities in Islam:

  • Dead animals (direct contact and consuming)

  • Impure animals (same thing)

  • Blood

  • Impure products of the human body (urine, feces, etc...)

I may be ignorant, but I know about contact and consuming, but I never saw anything in the texts about the surrounding air, and the required distance.

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