Why is になりますか used in this sentence? How is it different from おタバコを吸いますか?


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The construction おVERBになるis a standard honorific pattern in Japanese. It is used as a generic verbal honorific where there is no special honorific like いらっしゃる, 召し上がる, おっしゃる, etc. The verb is in the continuative form (連用形 = ますform without the ます). Other examples of honorifics in that form:

聞く -> お聞きになる to listen
帰る -> お帰りになる to go home
読む -> お読みになる to read

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